On Thursday, October 6, the Department of Industrial Engineering of the Regional Faculty of Avellaneda of the National Technological University organized its VIII Conference on Sustainable Industrial Engineering, with a large number of students and teachers.
During the opening, the vice-dean of the Faculty, Eng. Víctor Barbuto, welcomed on behalf of the dean, Lic. Luis Garaventa, and underlined the importance that “each department of our engineering careers develops these initiatives where specific problems can be addressed”.
The director of the industrial department, engineer Carmelo Caparelli, thanked those present and appreciated the possibility of exhibiting the final projects and making them known to the first-year students. Likewise, the Race Secretary, Mgtr. The engineer Julián Vela, indicated that “this year we have taken up the initial axis of the Conference, linked to sustainability”. In this sense, they pointed out that on Wednesday 5, an exhibition on electromobility was held where different types of vehicles were presented (car, motorcycle and skateboard), with the presence of Sergio Alvaro, President of the Association Argentina of Electric and Alternative Vehicles (AAVEA). ; and Alejandro Bustamante, representative of Sero Electric, a manufacturer of electric cars; in conjunction with the faculty’s secretary of science, technology and graduate studies, Nora Dari.
Regarding the presentation of the final projects, it was emphasized that “we have chosen two works which are linked to very current issues: health and environmental protection”. The first is called “Frozen Helmet” and was made by graduates Alejandro Vázquez, Gastón Becherini and Maximiliano Mácula, who explained that it is a product to solve problems related to hair loss caused by chemotherapy treatments. “Scalp hypothermia is the system used to reduce or prevent alopecia caused by chemotherapy. This cooling causes the veins that carry the drugs to contract, so that less harmful substances reach the cells of the hair roots,” they commented.
“For this system there are alternatives which present different problems of price, accessibility, practicality and logistics of use”, they express, and detail the tests carried out to develop their product: “It consists of a external shell which takes care of the electronics and functional part, equipped with temperature control sensors, and which acts by cooling the heat transfer fluid contained in an internal silicone shell to transmit the cold to the cells”.
Among the benefits of the project, they said that “being made locally, it reduces costs; it is portable, compact, efficient and comfortable as it generates a cooling curve until it reaches working temperature”, in addition to indicating possible costs, market opportunities and demand estimates. “It is a product without possibility of error, it must be very reliable”, they concluded.
The second final project exhibited was “EcoLunch”, an ecological food proposal designed by the group of students composed of Ezequiel Charlante, Ramiro Dressl and Jazmín Filiagi. “The idea came about by observing the damage done to the planet by the amount of plastics used daily in food,” they explained, adding, “It has to do with the time it takes for plastic to degrade and the pollution it produces on land and in the oceans, and damage to the health of living beings and people, in addition to the high cost of waste management.
Among the main characteristics of the project, they indicated that they are flours produced with sugar cane bagasse, covered with paraffin paper: “Bagasse is the residue that results from the sugar manufacturing process, it is natural and its production is continuous; paraffin paper, on the other hand, allows better preservation of food because it is covered with a biodegradable wax that does not allow leaks”.
“It is an environmentally friendly proposal since it is renewable and compostable; it is versatile in its uses, suitable for different cooling and heating systems, and has minimal environmental impact,” they said, and concluded: “Beyond market opportunities, this is a objective of innovation in sustainable solutions and alternatives for everyday products, within the framework of a social and cultural paradigm shift concerning the use of consumer goods”.
At the end of the Conference, Licentiate Nora Dari highlighted the presentations made, encouraged “to continue to advance and strengthen these projects in response to social needs”, and invited them to approach the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Graduate Studies “to work on development and funding opportunities.
To conclude, the Spanish engineer Caparelli expressed his pride “for the documents presented and the conclusions that we have approached, as a way of collaborating with the changes that are occurring in society”.