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Mechanical Engineering at the Universidad de Vigo (Centro Universitario de la Defensa)

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Grant Activity

Please note that, although the online information on the host institution website is in Spanish, most faculty in the Centro Universitario de la Defensa/Naval Academy speak English, and the scholar will only be expected to teach in English. Detailed information about their tasks will be provided to candidates in a timely manner and in English, after being selected.

A) Teaching Mechanical/Naval/Telecommunication Engineering courses at the undergraduate level:

The Fulbright professor, along with a local instructor, will co-teach one or two courses at the undergraduate level (which includes third, fourth or fifth year Naval Academy students completing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering) for an average weekly teaching load of eight hours, divided between theory and laboratory practices. The courses are expected to have 60-70 students.

The professor's expertise should either be in mechanical/naval or telecommunications engineering disciplines. He/she is expected to teach part of one or two courses to be chosen from:

Mechanical/Naval engineering courses:

  • Electronics (third year)
  • Materials Engineering (third year)
  • Advanced Strength of Materials (third year)
  • Graphics Engineering (third year)
  • Fundamentals of Automation and Control Systems (fourth year)
  • Advanced Thermodynamics (fourth year)
  • Structure Theory and Industrial Building (fourth year)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (fourth year)
  • Ship Theory (hydrostatics/stability) (fifth year)
  • Automotive Design (fifth year)

Telecommunications engineering courses:

  • Computer networks (fifth year)
  • Naval sensors (radar, sonar, etc.) (fifth year)

Complete degree contents can be found (in Spanish) on the Universidad de Vigo website.

B) Research:

The visiting professor will be invited to present his/her research in seminars and to attend research seminars by UV’s professors. There are resources for research in fields of interest to the Spanish Navy and/or the Ministry of Defense. Some examples include:

  • Radar, sonar, optoelectronic devices
  • Software defined radio applications on radar and communications
  • Unmanned vehicles in naval applications
  • 3D scanning and photogrammetry for civil engineering and land surveying applications
  • Modelling of fire propagation and extinction
  • Radon in buildings: modelling, measuring and mitigation techniques
  • Energy efficiency: simulation and experimental analysis of energy storage systems
  • Application of non-destructive testing techniques for the evaluation of civil engineering structures and infrastructure
  • Calibration and development of thermal energy models.
  • Transient simulation of multizone building energy models, HVAC systems and cogeneration devices.

Research collaboration with CUD faculty in the above topic areas or any other common areas of interest is encouraged. Opportunities also exist to conduct research through co-advising of students in final degree projects.


Grant Length
Four months
Grant Dates

Mid-August to mid-December 2021. Dates cannot be postponed to the spring 2022 term.


Centro Universitario de la Defensa (CUD), Naval Academy, Marín, Pontevedra (affiliated with the Universidad de Vigo)

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Areas of Interest

While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas.

Mechanical/Naval Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering.

Special Features

The CUD sponsors this award and, in addition to the financial benefits, offers logistical assistance in finding housing and, if necessary, a school for dependent children. A contact will be available to help the professor with everything related to his/her adaptation. The professor will be granted access to all digital resources available at the Universidad de Vigo.

Application Deadline
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Candidate Profile
Academics, except early career
Number of Grants
Program Staff
Aferdita Krasniqi
Outreach and Recruitment Officer

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