My name is Rafael, and currently I am a Professor at Federal University of São Carlos, a Brazilian public University located at the São Carlos city, considered the Brazilian “Capital of Technology”. I’ve been using Linux for more than 15 years (Linux User #56352). I love teaching, developing new projects and ideas and playing around with Linux, software, electronics and mechatronics stuff.
Rafael V. Aroca holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UFRN and a Master in Mechanical Engineering, in the area of Mechatronics, from EESC-USP. During his graduation, he attended a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, with an emphasis on Administration and Network Management, at the University of São Paulo (ICMC-USP), also having a degree in Electronics Technician. He worked in several companies and startups, in technical and managerial positions, where he developed and/or coordinated the development of several innovative products and services, accumulating more than 15 years of professional experience in the areas of Information Technology, Embedded Systems, Computer Networks, Internet of Things (IoT), Mechatronics and Linux-based Systems. In the academic area, his doctoral thesis comprised the development of a low-cost robotics platform ($10) for educational robotics, while his master’s work involved studies and analysis on real-time operating systems (RTOS) for robotics and applications. He received several awards for his work and academic performance and was Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), at the Instituto Metrópole Digital (IMD), where he also served as Executive Manager of Inova Metrópole, the IT business incubator of the IMD/UFRN. He is currently an Professor at the Department of Computing at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), carrying out Teaching, Research and Extension activities in the areas of Internet of Things, Embedded Systems, Education, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Educational Robotics. He is a member of the IEEE in the “Senior Member” category and is part of the organizing team of the Brazilian Robotics Olympiad (OBR), National Science Olympiad, supported by CNPq, since 2007, which has already had about 1 million participants throughout Brazil and has the mission of disseminating Science, Technology and Robotics among young people from 6 to 18 years old, encouraging them to follow careers in the exact sciences and technology areas and also promoting social and digital inclusion through technology. He is Trustee of RoboCup Brazil and was General Coordinator of the OBR at the National Level in 2017, and is now the state representative of the OBR in the state of São Paulo. Since May 2018 he has been Executive Director of UFSCar’s Innovation Agency / Technology transfer office (TTO). He is also the current Institutional Representative (RID) of UFSCar at CNPq for the MAI / DAI-Academic Master’s Program for Innovation and Academic Doctorate for Innovation. He is also part of the EMBRAPII-UFSCar Unit team in the advanced Materials area, created in 2020, and general coordinator of the Brazilian Satellite Olympiad.
Verified International Academic Qualifications
Country of Education: Brazil
Credential Name: Doctoral Degree
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Awarded by: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte – UFRN
Equivalency in Canada: Earned doctorate
Name on Credential: AROCA, Rafael Vidal