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
  • 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.



Knowledge Area

Production Engineering

Concentration Area

  • Management of Operation Systems
  • Sustainability in Production Systems

Lines of Research and Projects

Operating Management Systems

Line 1- Business Networks and Production Planning
This line privileges the numerous challenges due to the changes that have been happening in production with the insertion of new technologies, management process, communication systems and control in productive networks.

1) Project Name: Agribusiness Process and Product Evaluation
Responsible for the project: Irenilza de Alencar Nääs
Description: This is a project that contemplates various aspects of animal production, with emphasis on the evaluation of the quality of production and trade, including exportation. It will be deployed in subprojects to accommodate the research of master's and doctoral students. The subproject, initiated and funded by CNPq-Edital Universal, studies the selection of the type of animal traceability to ensure access to the international meat market, using Analytical Hierarchy Process - AHP.

2) Project Name: Selection of suitable housing environment for pigs and broilers using AHP
Responsible for the project: Irenilza de Alencar Nääs
Description: Brazil is a major producer of chicken and pork meat, exporting to many countries. Both poultry and intensive pig farming are internationally competitive because they have a low production cost. Inadequate mitigations for regional weather variations, or even heat wave incidences, through the use of inefficient or costly HVAC systems, can raise production costs, undermining the competitiveness of Brazilian meat. Estimating adequate housing in modern pig and poultry production is important to keep production costs low, reducing losses. This project proposes a selection of suitable housing for broilers and pigs in the southeastern and midwestern regions of Brazil using the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP). Historical data on broiler and pig productivity as well as regional environment data will be surveyed, as well as organizing a criteria matrix using appropriate weights for each criterion and level specified. Two producer scenarios will be chosen, the small integrated producer and one large producer. Using the data and knowledge of producers, the matrix will be assembled, the weights assigned and the alternatives compared, pair by pair. It is hoped that it will be able to select an appropriate form of regional housing that will maintain high productivity and animal welfare, as well as the Brazilian competitiveness of the sector.

3) Project Name: Innovative Production Systems Applied to Agribusiness
Responsible for the project: Irenilza de Alencar Nääs
Description: Brazilian agribusiness production chains are competitive and represent a significant portion of the country's GDP. This project aims to propose ways to incorporate knowledge, techniques and innovation into agribusiness development. The agricultural (grain, fruit) and zootechnical (meat, milk and eggs) production chains are studied in order to optimize processes.

4) Project Name: Supply Chain Management and Quality
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 chains, has changed the competitive landscape, making competition no longer between companies but between these networks. In this context, it is necessary that quality be studied from the point of view of these supply networks. This project seeks to develop research that analyzes quality from the perspective of business networks.

5) 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 prominent in the world agribusiness, however its competitiveness is lost in the transportation of these products for export and / or processing in agroindustrial systems. This project aims to carry out studies that improve the logistics of these systems.

6) Project Name: Application of quantitative tools and methods in production and logistics engineering problem solving
Responsible for the project: João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis Description: Several logistic and production engineering problems can be solved or reduced through quantitative optimization solutions. Besides mathematical models, tools such as Operational Research, Multicriteria Decision, Simulation and Neuro-Fuzzy can help in solving these problems. The objective of this research project is to use these tools to treat problems of Production Engineering and Logistics in a quantitative way.

7) Project Name: Industry 4.0: Technological, Economic, Social and Environmental Aspects
Responsible for the project: José Benedito Sacomano
Description: The creation of the proposed Research Group directly meets the demand
of the vocational training market in the area of Production Engineering. With the rapid technological change in the supply chain industries and especially the process automation using the IoT with a short lifecycle, there is a growing demand for research in studying these developments as well as studying the reflection of these changes. in professional scenarios supporting this evolution.

8) Project Name: Production Planning and Control in Enterprise Networks
Responsible for the project: José Benedito Sacomano
Description: Investigation of the need for total or partial sharing of Production Planning and Control (PCP) activities. Study of the reflexes of the PCP in the actors of a network of companies. Supply chain management and the concepts and practices of companies organized in networks. Understanding the concepts of corporate networks and the relational attributes between network actors and product programming in the face of market demand. Qualitative and quantitative relationship patterns between the PCP and the corporate network.

9) Project Name: Service Operations Management - organizational forms, methods and tools for management
Responsible for the project: Márcia Terra da Silva
Description: This project aims to identify good practices and tools for managing the service relationship. It is intended to investigate services aimed at customer transformation and, therefore, the operational process has their active participation. Most cited examples in this category are health and education services. It is intended to understand the organizational forms that facilitate innovation and technology change when the beneficiary of the service is an important actor of the transition; identify the forms used for user management, including technologies that help to understand their needs and limitations; identify methods and techniques used for quality assessment; identify methods and techniques for productivity assessment.

10) Project Name: The structure of production networks in the automotive industry
Responsible for the project: Oduvaldo Vendrametto
Description: Study the changes promoted in the production of the industry in the last decades. Establish supply chain needs and conditions for the competitiveness of the automotive industry. Study the development of automotive production systems adopted by automakers from the perspective of management and development.

11) Project Name: Strategies for Improving Competitiveness
Responsible for the project: Oduvaldo Vendrametto
Description: Challenges for companies or even productive sectors began to require improvements, adaptations, adoptions of policies and strategies due to the rapid and continuous changes in management, technology, market, costs, human resources, productive arrangements in the form of partnerships, supply chains. supply, condos, etc. These strategies, sometimes canonical, mainly by large companies, ranging from philosophy to execution at their 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, due to their own lack of resources, have used parts of these large systems and often in a hybrid manner, such as adopting a quality program with some components of BSC, or part of Lean Production. deals with outsourcing or insertion of technological innovation. This project aims to study these situations.

12) Project name: Managerial and human aspects of the concept of quality and its applications in practical reality II
Responsible for the project: Pedro Luiz de Oliveira Costa Neto
Description: This is a continuity of those already coordinated with good results by the proponent. It is intended to deepen the interface between quality and knowledge, which should lead to related issues, such as training, the use of modern communication technologies to conduct business, among others. The project includes a deepening of the basic concepts of quality, the concept of customer of processes and business, including entrepreneurship as an element to obtain effective results in underexplored situations, without departing from the aspects of knowledge management, an element modernly considered. essential to achieving practical value results.

13) Project Name: Continuous Improvement of Quality and Productivity
Responsible for the project: Pedro Luiz de Oliveira Costa Neto
Description: This project encompasses the research carried out under the guidance of the proponent, responsible for the quality and productivity area of UNIP's Graduate Program in Production Engineering, promoting debate and synergy between the participants.

14) Project Name: Financial Engineering and Business Economics: Studies and Applications of Non-Classical Logic, Systems, Mathematical Modeling and Simulation
Responsible for the project: Rodrigo Franco Gonçalves Description: Explore the possibilities of applications of non-classical logic and mathematical modeling in financial engineering and business economics problems, such as: investment project valuation, costing and pricing, risk management, accounting and economic data, construction of sector scenarios and macroeconomic. It also involves modeling and developing systems for business economics and financial engineering applications. In particular, it develops studies of digital economics and other aspects of the intersection between economics, finance and information technology.

15) Project Name: Management of software production, systems, interactive media and information and communication technologies.
Responsible for the project: Rodrigo Franco Gonçalves
Description: The research project aims to study the production and development of systems in general, more specifically, information systems, interactive media (Internet, Games, etc.) as well as hardware and automation systems. The objects of study are: process of systems development and interactive media; graphical user interface design, user-centered design and responsive design, in particular mobile devices, touch devices and gesture-driven interfaces as well as assistive technologies; creative and agile design methods, including scrum and agile methods, lean development, design thinking; business process analysis and modeling; business analysis and strategic alignment between IT and business and value creation; IoT, Internet of Services, and semantic Web applications and projects.

16) Project Name: Innovation Entrepreneurship: study and development of knowledge, skills, processes and techniques
Responsible for the project: Rodrigo Franco Gonçalves
Description: The project aims to develop knowledge, processes and techniques for entrepreneurship initiatives, particularly those developed in the university environment. This project aims to study: formal and informal innovation entrepreneurship nuclei, networks and centers, such as incubators, accelerators, coworking environments, networks and open innovation groups; entrepreneurial process for innovation and technology-based projects; innovative business models and applications of information and communication technologies in products, production processes and organization; development of interdisciplinary knowledge base for innovation entrepreneurship involving economic engineering, marketing, product and process design, design thinking and design for sustainability; participatory research on innovation projects with startup companies; development of project evaluation models, financing and intellectual property.

17) Project Name: Urban Mobility and City Logistics
Responsible for the project: João Gilberto Mendes Dos Reis
Description: Cities are increasingly concentrating substantial logistical challenges on the movement of people and cargo, especially for large cities. This research project studies these challenges and proposes solutions to provide people displacement and cargo handling (city logistics).

Line 2 - Quantitative Methods in Production Engineering
The line approaches a set of computational techniques and mathematical tools necessary in the search of Engineering problem solving, trying to mathematically translate the reasoning and analysis to properly formulate their solutions.

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

2) Project Name: Automation and Robotics in Production Engineering
Responsible for the project: Jair Minoro Abe
Description: The issue of Automation in general as well as Robotics are pertinent topics in various areas of Production Engineering. The scientific relevance lies in the application of a new methodology for the construction of artifact hardware for the automation of industrial, social, manufacturing processes, etc. treated within the scope of Production Engineering based on Evidence Annotated Paraconsistent Logic Et through the logic controller. Para-control capable of treating contradictory and complete signals.

3) Project Name: Computational Intelligence and Paraconsistent Artificial Neural Networks
Responsible for the project: Jair Minoro Abe
Description: Real problem solving involving decision making situations, through mathematical models usually computationally processed. Applies concepts and methods from other scientific disciplines in designing, planning or operating systems to achieve their goals. Thus, it seeks to introduce elements of objectivity and rationality in the decision-making processes, without neglecting the subjective and organizational framing elements that characterize the problems. One of the most powerful tools that has been used is the so-called artificial neural network theory. It is mainly intended for the treatment of significant concepts such as uncertainty, inconsistency (contradiction) and even completeness in pattern recognition analysis processes in the most varied applications.

4) Project Name: Decision Processes Based on Non-Classical Logic
Responsible for the project: Jair Minoro Abe
Description: In recent decades, a new way of thinking has emerged within Operational Research. Instead of the traditional optimization paradigms, according to which many decision-making approaches were created and developed, especially the traditional ones based on theories of Probability and Classical Statistics, we highlight the innovative way to treat qualitative and / or quantitative data by through logical techniques, eg Fuzzy logic and similar theories. Another theory that has caught the attention of experts is Annotated Paraconsistent Logic, a class of logic distinct from Classical that is appropriate for the treatment of uncertainty, conflict, and paracompleteness. This research project aims to apply these non-classical logic techniques to the various Production Engineering themes, providing innovative decision-making techniques resulting in more robust and reliable decisions.

5) Project Name: Paraconsistent Artificial Neural Networks and Pattern Recognition Applications
Responsible for the project: Jair Minoro Abe
Description: In this project we study pattern recognition in Production Engineering topics such as detection of defective, manufactured products, quality and product standards, and the like.

Sustainability in Production Systems

Line 3 - Advances in Cleaner Production and Industrial Ecology
This line addresses the environment / productive sector interface and its influence on the competitiveness of Brazilian companies. Concepts, tools and techniques are analyzed and developed from the perspective of Cleaner Production and Industrial Ecology.

1) Project Name: Cleaner Production and Sustainable Development: Environmental Accounting
Responsible for the project: Biagio Fernando Giannetti
Description: The project aims to develop and apply methodologies to perform environmental accounting and determination of sustainability indicators applied to production, consumption and investment. Special emphasis is given to the use of emerging environmental accounting to obtain sustainability indicators.

2) Project Name: Cleaner Production and Industrial Ecology: Multicriteria Systems Assessment
Responsible for the project: Silvia Helena Bonilla
Description: The project involves installation, maintenance and operation steps of production processes. The results are interpreted from the perspective of Cleaner Production and Industrial Ecology using multimetric indicators.

3) Project Name: Sustainable Production, Product and Consumption: Evaluation Strategies
Responsible for the project: Cecília Maria Vilas Bôas de Almeida
Description: Processes that use emergy synthesis as methodology are examined and evaluated. Using a graphical tool developed by the research group to represent and analyze the results, simulations of use and substitution of resources are performed.

4) Project Name: Energy-Environmental Assessment of Production Systems Using the Systemic Approach
Responsible for the project: Feni Dalano Roosevelt Agostinho
Description: It aims to consider a systemic view to evaluate the energy-environmental performance of the production of goods and services. The “scale-to-grave” study window (scale) is considered for the application of quantitative energy-environmental diagnostic tools.

5) Project Name: Industrial Ecology: Concepts and Tools for Engineering and Sustainability Management
Responsible for the project: Biagio Fernando Giannetti
Description: The project aims to disseminate the concepts and tools of Industrial Ecology. Expected products include writing a textbook on the topic and conducting studies on sustainable production and consumption, with particular emphasis on municipalities and Brazilian states.

6) Project Name: Production and Environment: Calculation of sustainability indicators for decision making
Responsible for the project: Silvia Helena Bonilla
Description: The project aims to evaluate the environmental cost of concentrating and using global resources in systems with varied interface with the environment. The methodology of choice is the emergy analysis and synthesis developed by Howard Odum. The assessment and decision-making aid are based on emergy indicators (emergy income ratio, emergy investment ratio and emergy sustainability indicator) and mixed indicators.

7) Project Name: Evaluation and application of Indicators for sustainable development
Responsible for the project: Cecília Maria Vilas Bôas de Almeida
Description: This project aims to apply known methodologies for the calculation of ecoindicators. Using case studies, ecoindicators are calculated and compared to verify the applicability of each methodology and the limits of each indicator. This procedure aims to contribute to the development of eco-indicators for application in the productive sector and to the development of the methodologies used.

8) Project Name: Industrial Ecology: Application of Sustainability Concepts
Responsible for the project: Feni Dalano Roosevelt Agostinho
Description: The objective is to evaluate, through multimetric indicators, the potential for energy-environmental improvement of production systems by incorporating concepts of industrial ecology and cleaner production. High performance systems are used as an example, as are plausible scenario design and / or technological innovation.

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