The Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná – PUCPR, established in 1959, is a private, not-for-profit Catholic university. The main campus is located in Curitiba, which is the capital of the State of Paraná, Brazil. It is maintained by APC (Associação Paranaense de Cultura), an organization run by Marist Brothers. The Curitiba campus was the first to be established. Nowadays the University has 3 campi besides Curitiba, they are located in the cities of Maringa, Toledo and Londrina. The Curitiba campus houses five academic schools: Polytechnic, Law, Medical, Humanities and Business School. The main buildings of the campus are the central library, which manages the integrated library system (ILS), research labs, classrooms and lecture hall, a 570-seat theater, a chemical pilot plant, and a sports complex. There are in the whole PUCPR system more than 35,000 students in 60 under graduated majors. There are 22 high education program either as master or as doctoral levels. The fields of these programs are Health Sciences, Law, Animal Science, Urban Management, Philosophy, Theology, Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Dental Health, Production Engineering, Education, Informatics and Health Technology.
The PPGEM – Mechanical Engineering Post Graduated Program – started its activities in 1999 with a master degree and 2006 PhD degree was established. The areas of concentration are well consolidated: Materials and Fabrication, Solid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences and Engineering. Research fields with governmental and industry fundings include: Materials properties characterization, Surface Engineering and Conventional and Non-Conventional Machining Technology; Computational Solid Mechanics, Vibration and Acoustics; Hygrothermal and Energetic Analysis of Buildings, Science and Technology in Transport Phenomena, Energetic Efficiency in Thermal Sciences.