Valder Steffen Jr
Graduated in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING from the State University of Campinas (1976), master's (1977) and doctorate (1979) from Université de Franche Comté, in France. He defended his Habilitation thesis (HDR) at the same university in 1991. He completed two post-doctoral internships, at INSA in Lyon (1986-87) and at Virginia Tech - USA (1999-2000). He held several administrative positions at the Federal University of Uberlândia, such as: Head of Department, Graduate Program Coordinator, Center Director, Director of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He also served in the Brazilian research and postgraduate system (Member of the CA-EM of CNPq, Representative of the Engineering Area III at CAPES, Member of the CA-TEC of Fapemig; Member of the Board of Trustees of Fapemig). He received the Commendation of the National Order of Scientific Merit in 2002. He is currently a full professor at the Federal University of Uberlândia. Has experience in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on Solid Mechanics, acting on the following topics: optimization of mechanical systems, rotor dynamics, intelligent materials and inverse dynamics problems. He was also President of the Brazilian Association of Engineering and Mechanical Sciences - ABCM from 2006 to 2009. He is currently Coordinator of the INCT of Intelligent Structures in Engineering. As of 2017, he is dedicated to the performance of the position of dean of Univ. Federal of Uberlândia.