Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering



  • Promote the formation of researchers and the professional improvement in the area of Production Engineering
  • Develop scientific and technological studies directed to the application in companies
  • Develop in the student the concept of production with ethics, social and environmental responsibility
  • Addressing the impacts of new production technologies in society concerning the management, organization and employment
  • Train lecturers for Higher Education;
  • Assign the titles of Master and Ph.D. in Production Engineering


The Production Engineering Postgraduation Program of UNIP - PPGEP has, since its creation in 1997, elaborated a Strategic Plan (PE), annually updated and reformulated every three or four years. Through the PE, the performance of the four-year period, the implementation of the planned targets, possible failures and their causes are analyzed, as well as new values or trends added by CAPES for each evaluation period. The PPGEP evolved into a highly participatory, transparent and open management format with the creation of the Doctorate in 2007. The Program stakeholders are actively involved in the discussions, programming, elaboration of proposals and especially in the execution of the tasks to achieve the desired results. Due to this management model, in particular teachers and students, committed to the results, have been tracing an upward growth with quality curve. The Program has significantly increased the participation in national and international events, with emphasis on the publications of the faculty and students in international events. The number of publications in journals with international circulation has tripled in the year 2009, and at the same year were published four books related to the themes of researches that are conducted by the faculty and students of the Program. The qualified publications grew at about 11% per year, until 2017. Several agreements have been established and are in progress with intense activity in research projects, postdoctoral studies, events with universities in Sonora (Mexico), Shanghai (China), Porto (Portugal), Universidad de la Costa - CUC (Colombia), Siena University (Italy), Universidad de Oriente (Cuba), Beijing Normal University (China), Università degli Studi di Firenze (UniFI) (Italy), among others.

The Program has expanded its partnerships with the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP) in order to promote and disseminate actions of scientific cooperation for the awareness of professionals of the productive sector and academia about the importance of cleaner production practice.

As a result of the efforts and dynamics adopted by the Program in accordance with the CAPES guidelines, the PPGEP was evaluated with grade 5 (five) in the last two evaluations in 2012 and 2016. The Program is employing every effort to obtain grade 6 (six) in the next evaluation.

Lines of Research and Projects

Operating Management Systems

Line 1 - Network Enterprises and Production Planning

This line focuses on the many challenges because of changes taking place in production with introduction of new technologies, process management, communication and control systems in production networks.

1) Project Name: The structure of production networks in the automotive industry
Responsible for the project: Oduvaldo Vendrametto
Description: The project aims to study the changes introduced in industrial production in recent decades; establish the needs and conditions of the supply network to the competitiveness of the automotive industry and study the development of systems of automotive production adopted by automakers from the perspective of management.

2) Project Name: Applications of non-classical logics, mathematical modeling and simulation in financial engineering and corporate economy
Person responsible for the project: Rodrigo Franco Gonçalves
Description: This project aims to explore the possibilities of applications of non-classical (fuzzy, paraconsistent) logics in financial engineering and corporate economy issues, such as: evaluation of investment projects, costing and pricing, risk management, construction of sectoral and macroeconomic scenarios in the face of uncertain conditions and contradictory sources of information. Mathematical modeling techniques, systemics and numerical simulations are also utilized.

3) Project Name: Local productive arrangements
Person responsible for the project: Oduvaldo Vendrametto
Description: In the study of Enterprise Networks, the local productive arrangements often appear, which present peculiarities of the location or region of origin and are extremely important for the economic development of these regions. The project aims at the production of hydroponics in the city of São Roque as its target and database.

4) Project name: managerial and human aspects of the concept of quality and its application in practical reality II
Responsible for the project: Pedro Luiz de Oliveira Costa Neto
Description: This research project is a continuation of those already coordinated with good results by the proposer. It is intended to carry out further in the interface between quality and knowledge, which should lead to related issues such as forms of training, the use of modern communication technologies for conducting business, among others. The project includes deepening the basic concepts of quality, the concept of processes and business customer, through entrepreneurship as an element for achieving effective results in little explored situations without turning off the strands of knowledge management, modernly considered element essential to obtain practical results value. The project will involve the active participation of members of the Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering from Universidade Paulista and is expected to offer them subsidies for the production of papers to be sent to conferences and journals, as well as their dissertations and theses PhD.

5) Project name: Process evaluation and agribusiness products
Responsible for the project: Irenilza de Alencar Nääs
Description: This is a project which covers various aspects of animal production, with emphasis on evaluation of quality of production and trade, including export order. It will be divided into sub-projects in order to accommodate the research of master's and doctoral mentees. The sub-project, initiated and funded by Universal CNPq-Notice, studies of animal traceability type selection to ensure access to the international meat market, using analytic hierarchy process - AHP.

6) Project Name: Knowledge management and training centers and networks in the innovation entrepreneurship
Responsible for the project: Rodrigo Franco Gonçalves
Description: This research project is to study objects:
The training centers and informal networks of innovation entrepreneurship and formal nuclei (incubators);
knowledge management assessment of the entrepreneurial process oriented innovation in small businesses;
interdisciplinary knowledge base development focused on entrepreneurial innovation involving economic engineering, marketing, product design and process design thinking and design for sustainability;
Modeling systems and innovation networks with startups using dynamic systems and input-output matrix.
Evaluation of risk-return portfolio in venture capital.
The project has an additional objective to provide technical support to entrepreneurial initiatives, particularly developed in the university environment, and the knowledge gained in this process is fed back into the project knowledge base as application cases.

7) Name of Project: Strategies for increasing competitiveness
Responsible for the project: Oduvaldo Vendrametto
Description: The challenges to companies or even productive sectors began to demand improvements, adaptations, adoption of policies and strategies in light of the rapid and continuous change management, technology, market, cost, human resources, production arrangements in the form of partnerships, chains supply, condominiums, etc. These strategies, sometimes canonical mainly by large companies, ranging from philosophy to running at its lowest level, with physical adaptations, human resources, such as the adoption of Six Sigma, Balanced Socred Card - BSC , lean production, among others. Smaller companies, however, by the lack of resources, have been used in parts of these large systems and often hybrid form, such as adoption of a quality program with some BSC component, or part of lean production in that It comes to outsourcing or technological innovation integration. This project proposes to study these situations.

8) Project Name: Software and interactive media production management
Person responsible for the project: Rodrigo Franco Gonçalves
Description: The project aims to study the production process related to software product development in general and, more specifically, of information systems and interactive media (internet, games, etc.). Within the scope of the research is the production process and its supporting disciplines (quality management, knowledge management), as well as the organizational structure of companies in this segment. The objects of study are: the life cycle and improvement of systems development process; general systems theory applied to software development; the design of graphic interfaces, user-centered design and responsive design, especially, mobile devices, touch devices and gesture-controlled interfaces; creative and agile design methods, including: scrum and agile methods, lean development, design thinking; the analysis and modeling of business processes.

9) Project Name: Management and quality in supply networks
Responsible for the project: João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis
Description: Quality has been seen individually in each company. However, the concept of supply chain management, also called supply networks, has changed the competitive landscape, making the competition does not take more between companies, but between them. In this context it is necessary that the quality be studied from the viewpoint of such supply networks. This project seeks to develop research to analyze the quality from the perspective of business networks.

10) Project name: Logistics in agroindustrial chains
Responsible for the project: João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis
Description: Brazil is one of the largest agricultural producers and featured in global agribusiness, but their competitiveness is lost in transport of products for export and / or processing in agribusiness systems. This projects aims to conduct studies to improve the logistics of such systems.

11) Project name: Continuous improvement of quality and productivity
Responsible for the project: Pedro Luiz de Oliveira Costa Neto
Description: This project involves the research conducted under the guidance of responsibility in the area of ​​quality and productivity of the Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering from UNIP, promoting debate and synergy among participants, namely masters and doctoral students of the program.

12) Project Name: Urban mobility and city logistics
Person responsible for the project: João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis
Description: The cities increasingly concerning substantial logistical challenges in the displacement of people and cargo, especially in the case of large metropolises. The present research project studies these challenges and proposes solutions to provide people displacement and cargo movement (city logistics).

13) Project Name: MSR Biotera - Sustainable waste handling
Person responsible for the project: Rodrigo Franco Gonçalves
Description: Research and development project for the construction of a smartphone application prototype and business model simulation called Sustainable Waste Management - MSR. The project focuses on the development of an innovative technology and business model in sustainability, solid waste management, environmental education and social inclusion of waste pickers through a circular economics and gamification platform.

14) Project Name: The evolutionary character of the PCP techniques and new work organization forms
Person responsible for the project: José Benedito Sacomano
Description: The project aims to examine the changes occurred within the scope of production planning and control towards the new production paradigms, such as current mass manufacturing, lean production, responsive manufacturing, agile manufacturing and customized manufacturing. A long series of cases is being studied to examine how the behaviors inside the PCP are adjusting towards the new strategic aspects and new modalities of production management, due to the high level of competitiveness the new paradigms prefix to the industries.

15) Project name: Planning and production control in enterprise networks
Responsible for the project: José Benedito Sacomano
Description: Research the need for the full share or part of the activities of Planning and Production Control (PCP). Study of the reflexes of PCP in actors of a network of companies. Supply chain management and the concepts and practices of companies organized in networks. Understanding the concepts of business networks and relational attributes between the actors of the network and the programming of the products at the market demand. qualitative and quantitative relationship patterns between the PCP and the network companies.

16) Project Name: Organization and management of service operations
Person responsible for the project: Marcia Terra Da Silva
Description: Based on the conceptualization of the internal structures of operating systems (classic work by Wild), the need to rethink the methods of Production Engineering for application in service systems is outlined. From the conceptualization of operation analysis developed by a group of English and American researchers, and applying organizational analysis concepts, this research addresses the issues of organization and administration directed towards service operations systems. Although the research still works with a wide range of different systems, we intend to direct future investigations to emphasize education, health and leisure systems (systems in which the customer’s participation is essential for the achievement of the system’s goals).

17) Project Name: Innovative production systems applied to agribusiness
Responsible for the project: Irenilza de Alencar Nääs
Description: The productive chains of Brazilian agribusiness are competitive and represent a significant portion of GDP. This project aims to propose ways to incorporate knowledge, technical innovation and the development of agribusiness. the chains of agricultural production are studied (grains, fruits, vegetables) and zootechnical (meat, milk and eggs) so the process optimization.

Line 2 - Quantitative Methods in Production Engineering

The line covers a set of computational techniques and mathematical tools needed in the search for engineering problem solving, seeking mathematically translate the reasoning and analysis to properly formulate their solutions.

1) Project Name: Application tools and quantitative methods in solving problems in production and logistics engineering
Responsible for the project: João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis
Description: Several logistic problems and own production engineering can be reduced or solved by quantitative optimization solutions. In addition to mathematical models, tools such as Operational Research, Multicriteria Decision and Simulation can assist in solving these problems. The aim of this research project is to use these tools to address problems of Production Engineering and Logistics quantitatively.

2) Project Name: Automation and robotics in Production Engineering
Person responsible for the project: Jair Minoro Abe
Description: The issue of Automation in general, as well as Robotics, are pertinent themes to several areas of Production Engineering, besides being scientifically and socially relevant. From the scientific point of view, the application of a new methodology for the construction of hardware of automation artifacts for industrial, social, factory processes, etc. is highlighted, based on the Paraconsistent Annotated Evidential Logic and through the Para-control Logic Controller.

3) Project Name: Computational intelligence and artificial neural networks paraconsistent
Responsible for the project: Jair Minoro Abe
Description: Solving real problems involving decision-making situations, through mathematical models usually processed computationally. Apply concepts and methods of other scientific disciplines in the design, planning or operation of systems to achieve their goals. Therefore seeks to introduce elements of objectivity and rationality in decision-making processes, without neglecting the subjective elements and organizational framework that characterize the problems. One of the most powerful tools that have been used is called the theory of artificial neural networks. It is intended primarily for the treatment of significant concepts such as uncertainty, inconsistency (contradiction) and paracompleteza in pattern recognition analysis processes in various applications.

4) Project Name: Decision processes based on non-classical logics
Person responsible for the project: Jair Minoro Abe
Description: Over the last decades, a new way of thinking has emerged within Operational Research. Instead of the traditional optimization paradigms, according to which decision-making approaches were created and developed, with emphasis on traditional approaches based on theories of Probability and Classical Statistics, new treatments emerged, among which the innovative way of processing qualitative and/or quantitative data by means of logical techniques, for example Fuzzy logic and similar theories. Another theory that has drawn the attention of experts is the Annotated Paraconsistent Logic, a class of logic distinct from the Classical one, which is appropriate for the treatment of uncertainty, conflict and paracompleteness. This research project aims to apply these techniques of non-classical logics within the scope of the several Production Engineering themes, providing innovative decision making techniques resulting in more robust and reliable decisions.

Line 3 - Advances in Cleaner Production and Industrial Ecology

This line addresses the interface environment / productive sector and its influence on the competitiveness of Brazilian companies. Are analyzed and developed concepts, tools and techniques from the perspective of Cleaner Production and Industrial Ecology.

1) Project Name: Cleaner production and sustainable development: environmental accounting
Responsible for Project: Biagio Fernando Giannetti
Description: The project aims to develop and apply methodologies to carry out environmental accounting and determination of sustainability indicators applied to the production, consumption and investment. It gives special emphasis to the use of environmental accounting in emerging to obtain sustainability indicators.
KW: Environmental Indicators
AC: Indicators of Development
Sectors: Other

2) Project Name: cleaner and industrial ecology Production: multicriteria evaluation systems
Responsible for Project: Silvia Helena Bonilla
Description: The project involves steps of installation, maintenance and operation of production processes. The results are interpreted from the perspective of Cleaner Production and Industrial Ecology using multimetric indicators.
KW: multicriteria evaluation
AC: Production Engineering
Sectors: Other

3) Project Name: Industrial ecology: application of concepts aiming at sustainability
Person responsible for the project: Feni Dalano Roosevelt Agostinho
Description: The study aims to evaluate, through multi-metric indicators, the potential of energy-environmental improvement of production systems, upon the incorporation of concepts of industrial ecology and cleaner production. High-performance systems are utilized as examples, as well as the elaboration of plausible scenarios and/or technological innovation.

4) Project Name: Energy-Environmental assessment of production systems using the systemic approach
Responsible for Project: Feni Dalano Roosevelt Agostinho
Description: The objective is to consider a systemic view to assess the energy and environmental performance of the production of goods and services. The study window (scale) called "cradle to grave" is considered for the application of quantitative tools of energy-environmental diagnosis.
KW: Life Cycle
AC: Production Engineering
Sectors: Other

5) Project Name: Production and the environment: calculation of sustainability indicators for decision making
Person responsible for the project: Silvia Helena Bonilla Mosca
Description: The project aims to evaluate productive systems applying environmental accounting methodologies, with emphasis on accounting in emergy. Based on the results of the environmental assessment, sustainability indicators will be calculated to aid in decision making.

6) Project Name: Production and environment: calculation of sustainability indicators for decision-making
Responsible for Project: Silvia Helena Bonilla
Description: The project aims to assess the environmental cost of the combination and use of global resources in varied systems interface with the environment. The method of choice is the analysis and synthesis emerged developed by Howard Odum. Evaluation and aid in decision making are made from indicators in emerging (yield ratio in emerging, investment ratio in emerging and indicator of sustainability in emerging) and mixed indicators.
KW: Decision Making
AC: Indicators of Development
Sectors: Other

7) Project Name: Assessment and application of indicators for sustainable development
Responsible for Project: Cecilia Maria Vilas Boas de Almeida
Description: This project aims to apply methodologies known to the eco-indicator calculation. With the use of case studies, eco-indicators are calculated and compared to verify the applicability of each method and the limits of each indicator. This procedure is intended to contribute to the development of eco-indicators for application in the productive sector and the development of methodologies.
KW: Eco-Indicators
AC: Indicators of Development
Sectors: Other

8) Project Name: Industrial Ecology: application of concepts aimed at sustainability
Responsible for Project: Feni Dalano Roosevelt Agostinho
Description: The objective is to evaluate, through multimetric indicators, the potential for energy and environmental improvement of production systems by incorporating industrial ecology concepts and cleaner production. high performance systems are used as an example, as well as the development of plausible scenarios and / or technological innovation.
KW: Production Planning
AC: Production Engineering
Sectors: Other

Institutional Partnerships, Exchanges and Agreements

Partnerships and Institutional Relations

The Program had the MINTER Project (Inter-institutional Master's Degree), a partnership between the UNIP, promoter, and the FSA - Faculdade Santo Agostinho (Teresina - PI), recipient, approved by CAPES on 11/25/2014.
The Universidade Paulista (UNIP) and the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Southern Minas Gerais (IFSULDEMINAS, Campus Inconfidentes) are signatories of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement.
The Program also has institutional partnerships with the Federal Institute of SP and the Federal Institute of the ES, through students who study the Doctorate of UNIP.
It maintains close partnership with the FATECs - of the State of São Paulo, through several students who study the Program.

The Program's teachers maintain institutional relations of cooperation with the following foundations, companies and / or institutions:

  • FNQ – National Quality Foundation – National Quality Award
  • IPG – Paulista Institute for Management Excellence – Paulista Award for Quality Management
  • ABEPRO - Brazilian Association of Production Engineering
  • EMBRAPA - Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
  • ABGC - Associação Brasileira de Gestão do Conhecimento
  • Institute of Advanced Studies - USP
  • Medical school - USP
  • University of Taubaté
  • Federal University of São Carlos
  • ABM - Brazilian Association of Materials - CODESP – Docas Company of the State of São Paulo

Partnerships for Research Projects

  • Partnership with the Carlos Alberto Vanzolini Foundation.
  • Partnership with Institute of Advanced Studies – USP for research in the area of Logic and Theory of Science (Non-Classical Logics and Artificial Intelligence).
  • Partnership with the USP School of Medicine, Department of Informatics, for research in Neural, Artificial and Paraconsistent Networks for applications in pattern recognition.
  • Partnership with GLPA - Applied Paraconsistent Logic Group - UNISANTA.
  • Partnership with EMBRAPA for research on the evolution of soybean production in Brazil.
  • Partnership in study group about Industry 4.0.

The PPGEP - UNIP maintains permanent contact and collaboration partnerships with researchers of the other Postgraduate Programs, listed below, highlighting:

  • PostStricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering at EESC-USP.
  • Master's Program in Production Engineering – UNINOVE.
  • PostStricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering of the Polytechnic School of USP. - Master's Program in Production Engineering of UNIARA - University Center of Araraquara.
  • Postgraduate Program at Faculty of Agrarian Sciences (FCA) Master's Program in Agribusiness – UFGD.
  • PostStricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering of the Federal University of São Carlos.
  • Postgraduation Program of the School of Agronomic Engineering of UNICAMP. 
  • PostStricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering of the Federal University of Itajubá.  
  • PostStricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering of the School of Engineering of Guaratinguetá, UNESP – Paulista State University “Julio de Mesquita Filho”.


  • University of Porto - Portugal - traineeship by Prof. Dr. João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis through the Banco Santander stock Exchange.
  • Protocol of Cooperation with UTAD - University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro.
  • Signatory of the International Declaration on Cleaner Production, of PNUMA (United Nations Environment Program)  which represents a commitment of organizations to sustainable production and was launched in 1998 in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Signatory in the “Beijing Consensus”, which specifies the principles for cooperation between universities in the BRICS countries on education, science and innovation to ensure the progress and development of human resources.
  • Signatory of the scientific cooperation agreement between UNIP and the University of Sonora (UNISON), Mexico, allowing several joint academic actions, such as the exchange of teachers and students. The Post-Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering and Sustainable Development of UNISON has Status Conacyt in the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico of Program of Excellence with International Competence.
  • Agreement with Parthenope University, Naples, Italy, developing joint research.
  • Post-Doctorate internship by the PhD and researcher Leticia Prevez Pascual, from the Tropical Fruit Research Institute in Cuba, head of industry and project director, with FAPESP scholarship
  • Agreement with Siena University (Italy) - aiming at the establishment of several joint academic actions, with emphasis on the exchange of teachers and students of the two institutions. Dr. Simone Bastianoni joined the International Committee of the 5th International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production, held in May at UNIP, in 2015.
  • Partnership with the Free University of Brussels – Qalinca Laboratory: Logistics & Transports Systems; Design Engineering Management
  • Partnership with Universidade de Valladolid (Spain), for the conduction of sandwich programmes.

PPGEP teachers have been conducting research with several groups in different universities in Japan. They are:

  • Tsukuba University, Joint research with the group on "Annotated systems and applications”.
  • University of Hyogo e Shizuoka University, joint research, on the same topic, with their groups. With the Shizuoka University institution there is an official bilateral agreement.
  • With Prof. Dr. Alieza Ahrary and group, from Sojo University, research development on the subject "Annotated systems and applications in Production Engineering”.


The UNIP maintains several national agreement:

  • Agreement signed in 2009 between Universidade Paulista - UNIP and Santander Universities.
  • Agreement signed in 2008 between FIESP - Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo and Universidade Paulista - UNIP.
  • Agreement with the Dorina Nowill Foundation for research on Keller electronic device for the visually and hearing impaired.

Research Assistances

Project: Aid to Scientific Meeting Organization APMS 2016
Responsible Professor: Rodrigo Franco Gonçalves
Development Agency: FAPESP
Process: 2016/15703-5
Amount: BRL 63.100,00