The mission was very uniform in its proposal to transfer knowledge. I would say it was top notch in all aspects. I emphasize the networking opportunities are with Swedes or Brazilians involved in the mission.

Year 2018 marks the end of the work cycle for the first Swedish professor to arrive in Brazil through the Chairs program at ITA; three other academics are still active, strengthening ties between researchers from both countries

You've been working with Brazilian researchers at ITA for almost two years. What are their first impressions? What were the main difficulties when starting academic work in another country?

The Brazilian teachers I work with at ITA are extremely competent and very easy to interact with. They have made the process of initiating collaboration exceptionally easy.

Do you consider your mission accomplished?

The mission is never fulfilled, but I think we have made progress in establishing the Swedish-Brazilian collaboration. 

One of its biggest challenges in Brazil is to bring its know-how in the mechanics of computational materials, an area not much explored in the country. How do you rate your work so far?

It's going very well. We have activities in progress at ITA in the modeling of structural composite computational failures and in nanocomposites at UFABC.