Do you consider your mission accomplished?

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

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.

You had a project approved by Finep-Vinnova. Can you tell us more about it (your goals, achievements so far etc.)?

The project is called INFLOPROP and is a collaborative project between ITA, Chalmers, Embraer and GKN [British company considered the world's leading aerospace supplier in multi-level 1 technology]...

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.

Jacob Paulsen is the new head of the science and innovation office at the Embassy of Sweden in Brazil. His job is to strengthen the business, government and academic collaboration between the two countries.