The focus of the Civil Engineering Graduate Program (PPGEC) at the Federal University of Santa Catarina State (UFSC) is to provide qualified human resources, mainly to work in academia but also to join the technical sectors of companies and public agencies. A parallel aim is to generate new knowledge through research and to advance technical and scientific studies related to the various fields of Civil Engineering.

This is one of the most highly regarded courses nationwide, receiving a grade of 6 (on a scale of 3 to 7) in the latest (2012) three-yearly evaluation carried out by CAPES.

Due to this positive evaluation, in August 2015 the PPGEC joined the Academic Excellence Program (PROEX) of CAPES.


History of the Program


The Graduate Program of the Civil Engineering Department at UFSC (PPGEC) was created in 1991 at the master’s degree level (referred to at that time as the graduate course).  It was initially organized into two areas of study: Multipurpose Technical Registration and Civil Construction.

Two new areas of study were later created: Structures in 1995 and Infrastructure and Traffic Management in 1997, giving a total of four areas of study. This resulted in a significant development of the course in terms of the numbers of students and professors, along with the initiation of new research lines and projects and subsequently an increase in the number of scientific publications and master’s theses.

A doctorate course in the area of Civil Construction was created in 1999, including the areas of Multipurpose Technical Registration and Territorial Management in 2000, Structures in 2003, and Infrastructure and Traffic Management in 2004.

The PPGEC maintained a grade of 5 in the evaluations carried out by CAPES in 2004, 2007 and 2010.

Since 2015, the PPGEC has been pedagogically organized in terms of its areas of study and lines of research as follows:


  • Civil Construction:
  • Environmental Comfort and Energy;
  • Construction Materials and Processes.


  • Structures:
  • Numerical Analysis of Structures;
  • Experimental Analysis of Mechanical Behavior of Structural Elements and Systems.


  • Infrastructure and Geotechnics
  • Geotechnics;
  • Paving.


Currently, in 2017, the teaching personnel of the program is comprised of twenty-six permanent professors grouped into three areas of study as follows:


  • Area of Civil Construction: Antônio Edésio Jungles, Deivis Marinoski, Enedir Ghisi (PQ1C), Fernanda Fernandes Marchiori, Fernando O. Ruttikay Pereira (PQ1D), Fernando Pelisser (PQ2), Janaíde C. Rocha (PQ1C), Luís Roberto Prudêncio Jr., Malik Sheiraf (professor visitante) (PQ1D), Philippe J.P. Gleize (PQ1B), Ricardo Rüther (PQ1C), Roberto Lamberts (PQ1A), Saulo Guths and Wellington L. Repette (PQ1D), totaling fourteen permanent professors.


  • Area of Structures: Daniel D. Loriggio, Marcos Lenzi, Leandro F. F. Miguel (PQ2), Rafael H. Lopez (PQ2), Poliana D. de Moraes, Roberto A. C. Pinto, Otávio A. A. da Silveira and Wellison J. de Santana Gomes, totaling eight permanent professors.


  • Area of Infrastructure and Geotechnics: Glicério Trichês (PQ1D), Gracieli João Victor Staub de Melo and Liseane P. Thives, totaling four permanent professors.


As can be noted, of the twenty-six permanent professors of the program, twelve are PQ/CNPq researchers, representing a total of 46,2%.