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September 2014

Mitacs Globalink intern finds her niche at the University of Manitoba

Anna Carla Beltrão has a thirst for knowledge. Throughout her studies in Production Engineering at Universidade Federal Fluminense, Anna has sought opportunities to build her skills through research placements and work terms in her home country of Brazil. But it was a chance to come to Canada for a Mitacs Globalink research internship that really grabbed her attention last summer.

“I had also been accepted to a program in Spain to do research,” she says, “but I chose Canada because it has some of the best universities in the world so I knew I’d get the best opportunity to learn because of Globalink!” She was impressed by the organization of the program and the hands-on approach that Mitacs takes to welcoming the students for their research terms every summer.

Her research with Professor Nariman Sepehri at the University of Manitoba is helping to develop computer models of hydraulic systems within aircraft engines and other heavy machinery. The overall goal of the research is to assist aircraft and machinery manufacturers to develop new designs for hydraulic systems that will optimize reliability, efficiency and performance over the course of their lifetimes, while potentially opening up new avenues for use of the technology.

Anna Carla has found her stride in efficiency research this summer, saying: “I have to do something like this for grad school—it is the perfect area for me to build my career. I am really enjoying every aspect of it!” She has plans to apply for her Masters degree in Canada, having fallen in love with the culture, the landscape and the people of Canada. 

 


Mitacs would like to thank Industry Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, the China Scholarship Council, le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior of Brazil, the Ministry of Education Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Sorbonne Universités for their support of Globalink.