President and Vice-President

President – Klaus Capelle

Klaus Capelle is the President of UFABC. He obtained his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1997 from the University of Würzburgo ,in his native Germany. He also holds two Master´s degrees in physics, one from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque (USA), the other from the University of Würzburgo. His Ph.D. thesis and his second Master´s thesis both won the university´s Roentgen Award for best physics thesis of the year in their respective categories. Following postdoctoral work at the University of São Paulo (USP), in Brazil, he became professor of physics at USP in 2003. Periods as visiting professor or researcher took him to the Universities of Missouri at Columbia (USA), Bristol (UK), Lund (Sweden) and Freie University at Berlin (Germany). For his work as referee of scientific papers he received the Outstanding Referee Award of the American Physical Society and the Certificate of Appreciation of the American Chemical Society. In 2009 he moved to the recently founded UFABC to help building a new institutional and organizational model for interdisciplinary research and teaching. At UFABC he served as research provost from 2010 until 2014, when he was elected President for the period 2014-2018.


Vice President – Dacio Roberto Matheus


Graduated in Agricultural Engineering from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 1985, master’s degree in Biological Sciences (Applied Microbiology) from the Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (1998) and a PhD in Biological Sciences (Applied Microbiology) from the Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (2003).
He served in the The Environmental System of São Paulo (1986 – 2008) being the director of several departments: General Director of the State Department of Natural Resources Protection, Director of  Especially Protected Areas Division, Chief Operating Officer of Forest Foundation (Conservation Units ) and the Botanical Garden of São Paulo.
He is currently a professor at the Federal University of ABC and professor at the accredited graduation program Vegetable Biodiversity and Environment, the Botanical Institute and the Biotechnology program at the University of Sao Paulo. It has experience in Microbiology, with emphasis in Applied Microbiology, acting on the following topics: bioremediation, biotechnology, biodegradation, persistent organic pollutants and basidiomycetes.

Former Presidents

Helio Waldman

2010 – 2014
Graduated in Electronic Engineer from Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA) in 1966. Master and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering  from Stanford University in 1968 and 1971, respectively. In 2005 joined the Implementation Commission of the Federal University of ABC, where he was provost of Research until February 2009; provost for undergraduate education until 2010; and elected President until 2014.

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Adalberto Fazzio

2008 – 2010
Bachelor and Master in Physics from the Universidade de Brasília in 1973 and 1975, respectively. Ph.D. in physics from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 1978. In 2008 he became director of the Center for Natural Sciences and Humanities (CCNH) at the Universidade Federal do ABC. In August of the same year, was appointed President pro tempore after the departure of the President PhD Luiz Bevilacqua by medical reasons.


Luiz Bevilacqua

2007 – 2008
Degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 1959, Specialist in bridges and large structures in the TH Stuttgart (1961) and Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Stanford University (1971). He was the Coordinator of the academic structuring committee and implementation of UFABC, and responsible for the implementation of the UFABC Cognition Center.


Hermano de Medeiros Ferreira Tavares

2006 – 2007
Hermano de Medeiros Ferreira Tavares was the first UFABC´s President. He obtained his Degree in Electronic Engineering (1964) from the Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA), became master and Ph.D. from the University of Toulouse (France) in 1966 and 1968 respectively. He was appointed Dean pro tempore of the Federal University of ABC in 2006.