Research Internship Opportunities at UTP Panama

The research internship is a modality of academic stay in which a foreign researcher (student or young researcher) wishes to participate in scientific activity in either a Research Center or a Research Group in a School at UTP.

Below you will find the opportunities available

School of Civil Engineering

Project TitleFields of studyRequired SkillsJob DescriptionResearcher in charge
Carbonate System in the Coastal Zone: Variability and Ecological Responses in a Tropical Estuary
Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Biology, Marine Sciences, Marine Biology, Oceanography
Skills for the use of field sampling equipment for marine biology and oceanography. Basic handling of chemistry and biology laboratory instruments and equipment, use of computers (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).Collection of field samples in marine and coastal environments, laboratory work, data recording and organization, basic statistics and reporting.Dr. Carlos Vergara
Characterization of subsoil and soil movements through a sustainable network of collaborative work in Chiriquí, PanamaCivil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, or Electronic Engineering  1. Ability to perform numerical analysis (can be in Excel, or programming with Python, Matlab, or others), or alternatively 2. Assembly of electronic systems using Arduino, Raspberry, or similar boards.1. Assembly of vibration measurement systems, recording, and transmission of the data generated. 2. Instrumentation and/or field trips to collect data related to ground surface vibration. 3. Analysis of vibration signals. 4. Characterization of the soil from vibration data recorded on the soil surface.Dr. José Gallardo

School of Sciences and Technology

Project TitleFields of studyRequired SkillsJob DescriptionResearcher in charge
Nanostructured Metal Oxide Materials with Potential Use in Solar Cells and SensorsPhysics, Chemistry, Electrical or Mechanical EngineeringManual Skills in: 1.            Basic chemistry laboratories. 2.            Assembly of parts in experiments.Manual Skills in: 1.            Basic chemistry laboratories. 2.            Assembly of parts in experiments.Prof. Eleicér Ching Prado

School of Electrical Engineering

Project TitleFields of studyRequired SkillsJob DescriptionResearcher in charge
Intelligent Systems Applied to Agroindustry: Assisted Technologies, Mobile Robotics and Robotics and Aerospace ElectronicsRelated Engineerings: Electronics, Mechatronics, Telecommunications, Instrumentation, Control, Automation, Computer Systems.1. Knowledge of operating systems: Windows, Linux. 2. Knowledge on targets: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Odroid, Jetson nano, TX2, Other. 3. Knowledge of a programming language and / or tool: C ++, C #, Java, Python, Other..Parameter analysis: Recognition, Optimization, OthersDr. Danilo Cáceres
1. Smart Spectral System for Algae Bloom Early Detection in Coastal Regions.

2. Spectral Plant Health Monitoring System for Endanger Trees Species.
Electrical Engineering or Computer Science Knowledge of python or matlabSpectral data processing,data collection in the field, writing scientific technical reports of the assigned task.Dra. Maytee Zambrano
Electronic Design of Assistive Technologies for People with Visual or Hearing DisabilitiesElectrical Engineering or communication networksKnowledge in electronics, rfid, communication networks, artificial intelligence, information systemsPrinting of printed circuits and 3D, installation of communication networks, development of electronic assistive devicesDr. Ignacio Chang
Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica UTP (@fim_utp) / Twitter

School of Mechanical Engineering

Project TitleFields of studyRequired SkillsJob DescriptionResearcher in charge
Multi-objective optimization for welding robots using artificial neural networksMechanical Engineering, Software EngineeringThe student must have knowledge in Python, ANN, Matlab, Autodesk, Ansys1. Simulation of the welding task
2. Development of the artificial neural network
3. Multi-objective analysis
Dr. César Pinzón

The Hydraulic and Hydrotechnical Research Center (CIHH)

Project TitleFields of studyRequired SkillsJob DescriptionResearcher in charge
Intelligent Systems Applied to Agroindustry: Assisted Technologies, Mobile Robotics and Robotics and Aerospace ElectronicsRelated Engineerings: Electronics, Mechatronics, Telecommunications, Instrumentation, Control, Automation, Computer Systems.1. Knowledge of operating systems: Windows, Linux. 2. Knowledge on targets: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Odroid, Jetson nano, TX2, Other. 3. Knowledge of a programming language and / or tool: C ++, C #, Java, Python, Other..Parameter analysis: Recognition, Optimization, OthersDr. Euclides Deago

Center for Agro-Industrial Production and Research (CEPIA)

Project TitleFields of studyRequired SkillsJob DescriptionResearcher in charge
First Photosynthetic Evaluation of Trees on High Traffic Roads, in Panama CityForest Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Biotechnology, Biology,Excel, ArcGIS, lab work (pigment extraction, electrophoresis, PCR, etc.), microscopeTo discussDra. Aneth Sarmiento

Center for Research, Development and Innovation in Information and Communication Technologies (CIDITIC).

Project TitleFields of studyRequired SkillsJob DescriptionResearcher in charge
  Smart City (Smart local Grid and identification of anomalies with Data Analytics)      Computer ScienceTensor Flow, Pytorch, Python or R Studio, SQL, MySQL or NoSQL database, programming skills, Linear Regression, Classification and Cluster algorithms, ANN.Design and Analysis of Computer Experiments of the multiple DQ Methods 2. Correlation Analysis between detected hacking and odd trends and outliers.    Dr. Juan Marcos Castillo
IoT and SCM 4.1Network and Telecommunications EngineeringArduino, Rasberry PI, RFID, Java, SQL, Python, Cisco, or other network certification.Semantic and ontology IoT design for Food SCM, Pharmacy and medical supplies, and multimodal logistics Prototyping of those IoT designsDesign of Experiments in different settings.Dr. Juan Marcos Castillo
      Data-Driven Decision Making in Society      Industrial Engineering  Advanced Statistics, Advance Operation Research, Dynamic programming, predictive analytics, and Time series. Python and SQL.Dashboard development in Power BI based on Python and SQL. Monthly reports of economics and trends indicators.Stochastic simulation based on multiple modeling testing with Data Mining approach.      Dr. Juan Marcos Castillo
Inicio - Proyecto IDDSE19-012

The Center for Electrical, Mechanical and Industrial Research and Innovation (CINEMI)

Project TitleFields of studyRequired SkillsJob DescriptionResearcher in charge
1. Modeling and simulation of the urban air pollution in Panama CityEnvironmental Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Systems Engineer, related areas.Students with knowledge in CFD (Ansys/OpenFOAM) or Python (another programming language)
1. Simulation of reactive pollutants in Street canyons.
2. CFD simulation of engine combustion or catalyst to estimate vehicle emission
Dra. Franchesca González
2. Development and analysis of the first air emission Inventory in Panama CityEnvironmental Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Systems Engineer, related areas.Students with knowledge in CFD (Ansys/OpenFOAM) or Python (another programming language)1. Emission inventory tool for onroad emission. For this project, they can use Python/GPS/google API/tensor flow, the idea is to develop a tool (or tools) to estimate the emission for vehicles or public transportation.Dra. Franchesca González
3. Numerical assessment of pedestrian exposure to traffic-related air pollutionEnvironmental Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Systems Engineer, related areas.Students with knowledge in CFD (Ansys/OpenFOAM) or Python (another programming language)1. Simulate the breathing process of people using CFD/CFD Simulation of Human Breathing.
2. Simulate the exchange of air in a train car using CFD/ CFD Simulation of air change rate/ventilation rate in a train car.

Dra. Franchesca González

Others

Research Group: Telecommunications Engineering and Intelligent Systems Applied to Society (ITSIAS)

Project TitleFields of studyRequired SkillsJob DescriptionResearcher in charge
RETINA
1.(Development of assistance systems for people with disabilities.

2. Assistance systems for people with Parkinson’s.

3. Livestock (cattle) theft monitoring and detection.
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering.1. Knowledge of Communications systems, Sensor networks, RFID systems, Embedded systems, Electronic and Mechanical Design, Power Systems 2. Scientific Writing 3. Matlab Management of mechanical design software (For example AutoCAD, SolidWorks, others)  4. Management of PCB board printing equipment and 3D printing. 5. Management of electronic design software (For example easyEDA, Proteus, others) 6. Management of power system analysis software (For example Open DSS) 7.Microcontroller programming (For example Arduinos, Linkit Smart Duo, etc.)1.            State of the art reviews 2.            Design electronic and mechanical circuit design 3.            Equipment programming 4.            3D printing 5.            Assembly of equipment 6.            Laboratory and field test 7.                Installation of equipment in the field 8. Drafting of technical/scientific documentsDr. Yéssica Sáez
1. IoT-based monitoring and control system for greenhouse food production.

2. IoT-based monitoring network for the generation of air pollution indicators in Panama.

3. Design of an irrigation control system based on optimization tools to reduce water use in Panamanian crops.
Electronics, control, telecommunications and/or computer scienceProgramming, data analysis, PCB board development and/or control and automation knowledgeSupport in the technical part of the mentioned projects.Dr. Edwin Collado

UTP-FIM-ECEB – Grupo de Investigación de Energética y Confort en Edificaciones  Bioclimáticas

The Research Group on Energy and Comfort in Bioclimatic Buildings (ECEB)

Project TitleFields of studyRequired SkillsJob DescriptionResearcher in charge
Biomimetic solutions as an alternative to address the challenges of energy efficiency in buildings in PanamaBuilding Engineering, Architecture, Energy EngineeringComputer programs for energy simulationConceptualization and design evaluation of renewable energy systems, HVAC systems, energy storage. Participation in congresses, publications, among othersDr. Miguel Chen

Project TitleFields of studyRequired SkillsJob DescriptionResearcher in charge
1. Implementation of a manatee monitoring system and other applications in embedded system

Engineering: Electronics, Mechatronics, Telecommunications
Students involved in embedded systems, robotics, computer vision and signal processing (pattern classificationThe intern in charge of this project will be asked to support the research and development team in one or more of these tasks according to the advancement of the prototype:

– Implement, improve and/or test the detection, denoising, classification, clustering or identification stages in Arduino-based platform.
– Integrate the wireless communications modules to the embedded platform in collaboration
– Develop and implement the battery system of the monitoring station
– Implement tools for the adequate coordination of monitoring and communication (signaling) aspects of the monitoring station prototype.
Dr. Fernando Merchan
2. Implementation and testing of signal processing and machine learning methods in a passive acoustics manatee monitoring scheme
Engineering: Electronics, Mechatronics, Telecommunications
Students involved in embedded systems, robotics, computer vision and signal processing (pattern classificationThe intern in this project will be asked to:

– To implement and test selected signal, image and/or machine algorithms according to the advancement of the project. The main programming language is Python.

– To collaborate with other team members.
Dr. Fernando Merchan
 

How to apply? 

Requirements 

  • To apply for the internship the student must be enrolled in a partner university. 
  • Identify the Research Center or group that you would like to be part of. You can check the opportunities in the charts. 
  • Complete the exchange request format Submit the complete documentation in one PDF by email to relaciones.internacionales@utp.ac.pa copy to clemente.rodriguez2@utp.ac.pa

 Documentation 

  • Exchange Format – Formulario-Interno-Del-Exterior-a-la-UTP
  • Transcript of Records 
  • Motivation letter Recommendation letter from your home university
  • Copy of passport 
  • Certificate of enrollment at your home university

Note: If the student will participate in an on site-internship must obtain international medical insurance and cover their personal expenses (accommodation, transportation, food, etc) For more information, please contact: relaciones.internacionales@utp.ac.pa