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DAA: Evandro Chartuni Mantovani

Evandro Chartuni Mantovani

Evandro Chartuni Mantovani


Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, Brazil


After a day that might include international collaborations, research in precision agriculture, and community service, Evandro Chartuni Mantovani likes to kick back, play a few popular Brazilian tunes on his wooden guitar, and maybe sing along. It’s the perfect cure for high-pressure days, he says. “When I play the guitar, many good feelings come to mind. It’s a way to enjoy life and to control the stress a bit,” he says. “When singing and playing with your soul, it looks like life is in another dimension, giving me a lot of good energy to move on.” Influenced early by the Beatles and a friend who played the guitar, Mantovani was about 20 when he started playing, at first by ear. “Finally, last year I decided to take guitar classes,” he says. His favorites are samba, bossa nova, and romantic tunes. “I like to play the Brazilian popular music.” Although he doesn’t perform—preferring to play at home with family and friends—like the Beatles, he’s influenced others. “Because of my interest in playing guitar, my two sons have become excellent musicians, and they have a rock band that performs during weekends for fun.” Sports, too, are a big interest, as participant and fan. At Purdue he played tennis and joined fellow Brazilians in intramural games on a team named “Brasa.” Today, he’s a fan, cheering many a weekend for the Minas Gerais’ Cruzeiro soccer team in national competition. He still takes to the tennis court about three times a week for matches of his own. Equally important, he says, is work for others. That currently includes serving as a member of the Hospital Nossa Senhora das Gracas Council. “I always give part of my time to help the community of Sete Lagoas.” 1974 B.S., Agronomy, Vicosa Federal University, Brazil 1975-present Senior Researcher, EMBRAPA, National Research Center for Corn and Sorghum, Brazil 1981 M.S., Agricultural Engineering, Purdue University 1984 Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, Purdue University 1992-1993 Adjunct Professor, University of Campinas, Brazil 1993-1996 Agricultural, Commerce and Industry Secretary for the City of Sete Lagoas, Brazil 1995,1996 Outstanding Secretary Award 1999 Admitted as full member, Italy’s Club of Bologna Committee (international association of agriculture and agricultural mechanization experts) 1999-2003 Vice President, Brazilian Society of Agriculture Engineering 2000-2003 National Coordinator for Precision Agriculture Program in Brazil 2002 Honorary Citizen of Sete Lagoas, Brazil 2002 Outstanding Alumni Award, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University “I consider my years at Purdue one of the more profitable times of my life. The quality of the courses, the library, student assistance, and advisors’ attention gave me the structure to develop my professional life.”