Jorge Serrano, graduate in Industrial Engineering from the Campus de Vera of the Universitat Politècnica de València, has been declared the winner of the fifth edition of the Campus Gandia IVIO-UPV Chair award for the best TFG/TFM related to applied technology in the field of dentistry. This prize, valued at €1,000, will permit him to present the conclusions of his Final Degree Project at a congress, symposium or specialized seminar in the field of dental technology.
The winner presented his candidacy after his TFG tutor, Dr. Rut Benavente, encouraged him to apply. His thesis project focused on the study and characterization of zirconia-based dental ceramics. It has consisted of comparing the properties of the material obtained by means of the conventional sintering manufacturing process in an oven and that achieved in a non-conventional system using microwave technology. The results have been very promising, confirming that microwave technology reduces processing times as well as the amount of energy used, in addition to producing a ceramic with superior properties compared to the ones achieved with the conventional method.
Serrano, a native of Cartagena, had an early calling for engineering, motivated by his excitement for technology and close family ties to this field, given that both his father and brother are industrial engineers. He describes this award as “a source of pride” and thinks that the success of his TFG is a reflection of the high quality of education at the university. “The UPV prepares its students very well, which in the end translates into a lot of effort and dedication. It’s comforting to see how everything turned out so well in the end.”
Currently, he is studying a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering at the UPV. Although his professional aspirations include working in a big company in the materials or energy sector, the positive experience of his TFG has sparked many new interests and he does not rule out devoting himself to research.
Jorge Serrano is the fifth winner of an award that is enormously useful for highlighting the outstanding work carried out by the winners, but it also represents a fundamental boost for starting put in teaching careers or searching for jobs. It has come to be regarded as one of the most prestigious and significant awards in the field of dental technology nationwide, demonstrating the commitment of the IVIO-UPV Chair to the development and positioning of young researchers.
The Chair is already screening for the best TFG or TFM of 2022 related to dental technology. If you are going to defend your TFM this year and it is focused on the aforementioned field, you have the opportunity of making it better known and winning this important academic distinction that could to turn your final degree or master’s project into the start of a new path full of opportunities. You have until December 31, 2022 to submit your work. You can review the requirements at:
For more information and inquiries on the iViO-UPV Chair research projects, you can write to Francisco Camarena, research professor at Campus Gandia UPV, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.