• The University of Oviedo and ArcelorMittal start an enterprise chair to promote RDI

    September 18, 2014

    The academic insitution and the multinational sign an agreement to embark on joint research projects and collaborate in teaching

    From left to right, Francisco Ortega, Paz Suárez Rendueles, Vicente Gotor, Daniele Quantin and Nicolás de Abajo.

    The University of Oviedo and the multinational ArcelorMittal have created the ArcelorMittal Chair for Research and Development, an initiative that seeks to promote joint activities of RDI and collaboration to provide specialized formation that may be of interest for the enterprise and its environment.

    The agreement reinforces the already-existing links between both institutions through different actions, such as the porposal and selection of joint Undergraduate and Master Theses, calls for awards to research done by students and other activities that may arise for the same goals. The Chair will also be a reference in the promotion of student internships at the multinational.

    Since 2008, the multinational and the University of Oviedo have signed 150 contracts with a total investment of 4.5 million Euros. A total of 17 research groups currently collaborate with ArcelorMittal in the different lines that the enterprise follows in its Global RDI Center.

    The Rector, Vicente Gotor, and the General Director of Research Centers in Europe, Human Resources and Quality of ArcelorMittal, Daniele Quantin, signed this morning the collaboration agreement that will regulate the way the new enterprise chair works at the Asturian academic institution. The inauguration of the chair featured Nicolás de Abajo, Director of the Global RD Center of ArcelorMittal in Asturias; Paz Suárez Rendueles, Vice-Rector for Research and Campus of International Excellence, and Tenured Professor Francisco Ortega Fernández, who was named Director of the Chair.

    The creation of the ArcelorMittal Chair for Research and Development is framed as part of the actions of the Campus of International Excellence to promote the relation between the University and the enterprise. The agreement will allow it to establish the joint research lines to advance in fields that are vital to the multinational. Moreover, it will allow for the dissemination of the properties of steel and the advances in this field achieved through the production, the criteria for sustainability and the final results of the product.

    The Chair is led by Francisco Ortega Fernández, Tenured Professor of the Area of Engineering Projects of the Department of Exploitation and Prospection of Mines of the University of Oviedo, and will have a monitoring committee composed by representatives from both institutions.