PROFESSORS AND STUDENTS AWARDED RESEARCH FUNDS
WITH COUNSELING FROM THEIR PROFESSORS, SIX STUDENTS GOT FUNDING TO DEVELOP INITIATIVES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO REGIONAL AND NATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS.
November 4, 2016
Five students from the Department of Engineering and one from the Master’s degree in Educational Policy and Management were awarded two million pesos (US$ 3 000, approx.) per project, in the VI Contest on Research Valuation at the University (VIU), which promotes the culture of innovative entrepreneurship, based on research such as theses and essays, made by graduates and undergraduate students.
Two initiatives belong to the Civil Engineering in Computing program, one of which seeks to develop a mobile application for trivias about learning. The other project aims at the creation of a low-cost, Intelligent Irrigation device. Its creators are Sebastian Cereceda and Nicolás Maturana, supported by academics Federico Meza and Benjamin Ingram, respectively.
Financing was also granted to the "Smarthive", which consists of an intelligent system for the capture and processing of data of interest to apiculture hives, in addition to a project on a bioinformatics system for the discovery of enzymes of biotechnological interest in industrial applications. These initiatives belong to students Natalia Grandón and Claudia Gonzalez, from Engineering in Bioinformatics, supported by professors Felipe Besoaín and Mauricio Arena.
In the same context, Fausto Cadena, student of the Master’s degree in Engineering Sciences in Energy Conversion, will advance in its initiative of integrated automatic reconfiguration for solar panels to get maximum power. In turn, the student of the Master’s degree in Educational Policy and Management, Ítalo Gallegos, advised by Professor Moyra Castro, will create a management control system for school cohabitation.
According to the academic from the Electrical Engineering Office, Javier Muñoz, who supported the formulation of Cadena’s project, it is important to gain access to these resources because we "they push us to carry out the research we do at the University, closer to the needs presented by the companies and thus generate endeavors from our own projects."
The resources obtained in this first stage of the VIU competition, that Conicyt manages through the Fondef, are targeted at financing the development of a work plan, a business plan and the on intellectual property agreement, which is done internally at the University. Fausto Cadena explained that the financing will help generate new lines of research and to obtain higher performance from photovoltaic panels.
For the Vice President for Innovation and Technological Transfer, Gonzalo Herrera, the results of the contest indicate that "we are advancing in innovative entrepreneurship generated by the students, and so the labor perspective of our graduates no longer focuses only on finding a job, but in generating their own labor sources through innovation projects that are based on their research."
In that line, the dean of the Department of Engineering, Claudio Tenreiro, concluded that "it is an important achievement, because a great interest is observed from the part of students and academics to present their projects to these instances, which is reflected in the number of grants that were achieved".
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