Boeing is opening its Engineering and Technology Center in Brazil, one of 15 Boeing engineering sites around the world that develop advanced technology to drive aerospace innovation. Based in São José dos Campos where the company began operations in 2014, the engineering center is an expansion of Boeing’s strategic investments in Brazil, where it employs about 500 engineers supporting current and future programs.
At an event with employees and key stakeholders, Boeing shared several new strategic investments in the country. Among them, Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state of São Paulo focused on aerospace technological development including: support for education focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); promoting a joint agenda of industrialization and innovation; and enhancing and strengthening the talent pipeline throughout Brazil’s aerospace ecosystem, with an emphasis on increasing diversity.
"São Paulo has all the conditions to strengthen aerospace technological development, an important sector that drives the economy of the state. With this MOU, we aim to generate more jobs and income for our state, which is one of the main purposes of the partnership with the private sector, a directive of Governor Tarcísio de Freitas," says Jorge Lima, Secretary of Economic Development of the State of São Paulo.
With the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Boeing announced funding to extend their sustainability partnership to develop the third phase of the SAFMaps database to understand the feasibility of the most promising inputs for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) production in specific areas in Brazil.
Boeing also announced the company's first internship program in Brazil for students in their final year of engineering studies. Interns will apply knowledge through projects in a global and multicultural environment with mentoring from experienced professionals. The initiative is aligned with the company's global strategy to contribute to engineering excellence in countries where it operates.
"We want to offer the best internship program in Brazil for students who want to build a solid and prominent career in the aerospace industry. Brazil has a rich aviation history, with universities that are reference points in the engineering sector," said Humberto Pereira, director of the Boeing Engineering and Technology Center.