International Student Profile: Adair Gallo Jr.

WEB NOTE:  The College of Engineering is proud to have several international scholars who decided to study engineering at the University of Iowa.  Following is a profile on Adair Gallo Jr., a chemical engineering student from Brazil who feels at home as a Hawkeye.

Adair Gallo Junior, University of Iowa College of Engineering international scholar from Brazil, arrived in Iowa during the middle of winter. He

didn’t let the cold, snowy weather deter him from making the most of his year-long stay in the United States, though. Adair was ready to engage in the classroom and Iowa City community as a result of being selected as a Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) scholar. The BSMP selects Brazilian students to study in the United States for one year, as part of the Brazilian government’s initiative to give Brazilian university students the opportunity to study at some of the best colleges and universities in the world (

Originally from Toledo, Brazil, Adair studied chemical engineering for four years at the State University of Western Parana. This prepared him well for his year at the University of Iowa, where he has taken courses in sustainable systems, quality control, alternative energy systems, design for manufacturing, operations management, and manufacturing systems. In addition to engineering-related coursework, Adair has particularly enjoyed the business and entrepreneurship courses he has taken. As a result of these courses, Adair says he realizes “…that it’s possible to achieve big things if you believe that you have the potential to do them!”

During his time at the University of Iowa, Adair has appreciated the opportunity to meet and form relationships with people of different cultures from all over the world. “I have met excellent professors and scientists, and there are a lot of opportunities on campus, such as lectures, interesting courses, and research facilities. Iowa City is a really beautiful place to be,” says Adair. When not in class or studying, Adair can be found at the recreation center, spending time with friends, going to the cinema and parties, or at home drinking chimarrao (a traditional South American Yerba mate tea beverage). Adair has come around to American football—he can be found streaming Hawkeye football games from his computer on football Saturdays!

While Adair has grown fond of Iowa City, he jumped at the chance to do research over the summer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Adair worked in a materials laboratory, researching liquid-solid interfaces, specifically hydrophobicity.

Adair’s advice for other international scholars? “Find what you like and what you want to be, then look for people who have already gotten there. Try to learn as much as you can from them!”