The MIT Portugal Program is subjected to a yearly evaluation by the External Review Committee. For the second phase of the program, 2013-2017, the Committee is composed by:

César Dopazo

Professor Cesar Dopazo has been Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the Centro Politecnico Superior in Zaragoza University (ZU) since 1981. PhD Aeronautical Engineer by the Polytechnical University of Madrid (1977). PhD Mechanical Engineer by the University of the State of New York (1973). Director of the Department of Science and Technology of Fluids Materials and of the UZ (1990- 1992 and 1997-1999) (Full biography).

Mark Spearing

Mark Spearing is a Professor of Engineering Materials in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment in the University of Southampton, he is also Pro Vice Chancellor (International) for the University and was previously Head of the School of Engineering Sciences (Full biography). 

Richard Oreffo

Professor Richard Oreffo holds the chair of Musculoskeletal Science and is Co-founder of the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration. He is also Associate Dean Enterprise for the Faculty of Medicine.Richard leads the Bone and Joint Research Group based at the Institute of Developmental Sciences, Southampton General Hospital (Full biography). 

Robert E. Skinner, Jr

Robert Skinner has been the Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies since 1994. TRB is a non-profit organization that promotes transportation innovation by sponsoring professional meetings and publications, administering applied research programs, and conducting policy studies. It serves as an independent adviser to the federal government and others on scientific and technical questions of national importance (Full biography).

2007-2013

Henk Sol

Prof.dr.Henk G. Sol, born in 1951, graduated in 1974 "cum laude" from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, with a MSc in Operations Research and Information Systems. He obtained a Ph.D. "cum laude" from the University of Groningen on the subject of ‘Simulation in Information Systems Development’ in 1982.

Hewas involved in the development and control of a Masters Program in Information Systems within the School of Economics and Management Science of the University of Groningen from 1974 to 1984.

Prof.Sol became a chaired professor of ‘Information Systems Development’ at Delft University of Technology in 1984, where he developed the Department of Information Systems to one of the leading Information Engineering Schools in Europe.

From1992 – 1998 he was founding Dean of the new School for Engineering,Policy Analysis and Management. He prepared the merger, in 1998, into the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.

In 1992 Prof. Sol was appointed as Chaired Professor of ‘Systems Engineering’ at Delft University of Technology.

In1999 Prof.Sol was appointed as Scientific Director of Delft Institute for Information Technology in Service Engineering and of the Airport Development Center.

From 2000 tot 2003Prof.Sol was again Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Policy &Management and Chaired Professor of Systems Engineering, in particular Business Engineering and ICT.

His research focuses on the development of services enabled by ICT, management information systems, decision support systems and telematics. Currently his research interest shifts towards designing information-intensive, innovative organizations. He is a well-known author with a few hundred publications in these fields.

Under his responsibility 50 Ph.D. dissertations were finished.

Prof. Sol organized numerous international conferences and workshops and gave a great many invited presentations.

Heserves on the editorial roles with journals as Decision Support Systems, Electronic Journal of E-commerce, Organizational Science,Communications of AIS and Information and Management.

Heis member of IFIP TC 8, W.G. 8.1, 8.2, 8.4 and various other professional organizations. He received the IFIP Outstanding Service Award as well as the IFIP Silver Core.

He is one of the founding fathers of AIS and one of its first vice-presidents.

He has acted as a management consultant for a large range of national and international organizations since 1972. He is chairman/member of the(Supervisory) Board of Directors of several companies.

Roland Clift

Roland Clift is Distinguished Professor of Environmental Technology and Founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES). His research specialisation is in the broad field of Environmental System Analysis, including Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Energy Systems.

Prior to his present appointment, Professor Clift was Head of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey for 10 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Waste and Environmental Management. He is also Visiting Professor in Environmental System Analysis at Chalmers University,Gothenburg, Sweden and a Director of the Merrill Lynch New Energy Technologies investment trust. In 2005 he completed a 9 year term as amember of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, and acted as Expert Adviser to an inquiry by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee in “Energy Efficiency”. In 2006,he begins appointment as a member of the Science Advisory Council of the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). He is apast member of the UK Ecolabelling Board, and of the Royal Society/Royal Academy Working Group set up at the instigation of the Department of Trade and Industry to examine, inter alia, the risk and regulatory issues raised by nanotechnology.

In 1994 Professor Clift was awarded an OBE for his services to science and technology. In 2003 he was recognised as a Distinguished Professor by the University of Surrey and also received the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Sir Frank Whittle Medal “for outstanding and sustained engineering achievement contributing to the well being of the nation”. Professor Clift was honoured in the 2006 New Year's Honours as a Commander of the British Empire (C.B.E.) for his services to the environment.

Selected Recent Publications:
Clift, R. (2006) Climate Change and Energy Policy: The Importance of Sustainability Arguments, Energy, 32, pp.262-268.

Clift, R. (2006) Sustainable development and its implications for chemical engineering. Chemical Engineering Science, 61, pp 4179-4187.

“Sustainable Development in Practice – case studies for engineers and scientists”; ed. A. Azapagic, S. Perdan andR. Clift, John Wiley and Sons (2004).

“Slurry Transport using Centrifugal Pumps”,3rd ed.; K. C. Wilson, G. R. Addie, A. Sellgren and R. Clift, Springer-Verlag (2005).

“Bubbles, Drops and Particles”; R. Clift, J. R. Grace and M. E. Weber, Academic Press (1978), republished by Dover (2005).

Nick Oliver

Nick Oliver is Professor of Management and Head of School at the Management School and Economics, University of Edinburgh. He joined Edinburgh in January 2007, having spent 14 years at the Judge Business School, Cambridge. Prior to that he was at Cardiff Business School (for seven years) and the before that with the Systems Group at the Open University for four years.


Nick teaching areas include Organisational Behaviour, the management of innovation and Operations Management. He is co-author of The Japanization of British Industry (1992), which examined the transfer of Japanese management practices to the UK.

Research interests

Nick's research has spanned two main areas: manufacturing performance and product development and he has led several international benchmarking studies in Japan, Europe, North America and China.

His interests include issues of competitiveness in the automotive industry, the application of lean ideas to sectors outside of the manufacturing sector and the relationship between lean principles and brand identity.He is currently working on a book on the collapse of the Rover car company.

Recent publications

Oliver, N., Dewberry, E., Dostaler, I. (2004) 'New Product Development Benchmarks: The Japanese, North American and UK consumer electronics industries'. Journal of High Technology Management Research. Vol 15, No 2, pp 249-265.

Oliver, N. and Holweg, M. 'Brand or Bland? (2006) The Manufacturing Engineer, June-July, pp18-23.

Bates, H, Holweg, M., Lewis, M., and Oliver, N. (2007) 'MotorVehicle Recalls: Trends, Patterns and Emerging Issues'. OMEGA. Vol 35,No 2, pp 202-210.

Oliver, N., Schab, L. and Holweg, M. (2007) ‘Lean principles and premium brands: conflict or complement?'International Journal of Production Research. Vol 45. No 16, 3723-3739. 

Robert E. Skinner, Jr.

Robert Skinner has been the Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering since1994. TRB is a non-profit organization that promotes transportation innovation by sponsoring professional meetings and publications,administering applied research programs, and conducting policy studies.It serves as an independent adviser to the federal government and others on scientific and technical questions of national importance.

the staff director for congressionally mandated studies. He has overseen studies on a diverse range of topics including highway design, highway safety, truck size and weight regulations, high-speed passenger rail,maritime transportation policies, and airline deregulation.

Priorto joining TRB in 1983, Mr. Skinner was a Vice President of Alan M.Voorhees and Associates, a transportation consulting firm, for which he managed the firm's activities in the eastern United States.

Mr.Skinner earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia in 1969 with high distinction. He earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971. A registered professional engineer, Mr. Skinner received the James Laurie Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

César Dopazo

PhD Aeronautical Engineer by the Polytechnical University of Madrid (1977). PhD Mechanical Engineer by the University of the State of New York(1973). University professor of Mechanics of Fluids of Centro Politécnico Superior (CPS) of the University of Zaragoza (UZ) from 1981and Director of the Research laboratory in Technologies of Combustio'n (LITEC), Mixed Center CSIC/UZ/DGA. Director of the Department of Science and Technology of Fluids Materials and of the UZ (1990- 1992and 1997-1999).

Student Graduated at the University of the State of New York (1970-1973), postdoctoral Investigator in that same University (1974) and in John Hopkins(1974-1975). Visitor Professor of the University of the State of New York (1977) and of the Independent National University of Mexico (UNAM)(1995), as well as Invited Professor of the University of California in Davis (1989), of the University of Southern California (1989) and of the École Centrale de Lyon (1993).

Between1978 and 1980, Engineer of Departamento Técnico-Económico de UnidadEléctrica, S.A. (UNESA), company in which he has acted like Consultantfrom 1980 to 1987. He has been Advisor of the Brookhaven National Laboratory (1979-1985) and of the United Technologies Corporation (USA)(1991-1992).

His activities in investigation and technological development are centered in the fields of the combustion, turbulent flows with chemical reaction, two-phase flows, atomization, industrial dispersion of polluting agents and, in general, aerodynamics and hydrodynamics. In those fields he has managed Projects of R&D in National and European Programs (JOULE) as well as industrial Contracts of development and demonstration in the Power Sector. He has coordinated Projects BRITE/EURAM Program (1993-1998) on aero engines of low emissions, with participation of several universities and companies (Rolls Royce, BMW-RR, SNECMA, VOLVO AlphaRomeo Avio, MTU, Turbomeca, etc.). His work is referred to in several doctoral theses, numerous publications in international scientific and technological magazines and presentations in congresses.

He has organized several international congresses in the fields of R&D and he is a member of scientific and organizing committees,international conferences and symposiums. He is evaluator of several international scientific magazines and belongs to the publishing committee of some of them. He has organized conferences and lectured courses in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, USA and Europe.

He has been a member of the Direction Committee of the École Centrale deLyon (1984), vowel of the Advisory Council of Investigación (CONAI) ofthe General Delegation of Aragón (1984- 1990), Coordinator of the Area of Mechanical and Textile Engineering of the National Agency of Evaluación and Prospectiva (ANEP) (1986-1988), vowel of Group V for the reform of curricula of technical lessons (1987-1988), Advisor of the Secretariat of State of Universities and Investigación (SEUI)(1986-1987) in the Project ODIN of super-computing, Delegate of the Ministry of Education and Science in the Committee of Management and Coordination of BRITE/EURAM Program of the European Union (1986-1987) and vowel (Vice-rector) of the Managing Commission of the University Carlos III of Madrid (1990). Spanish representative of the Ministry of Science and Technology in the Global Forum of the Science of the O.C.D.E. (2001-).

Jonathan S. Dordick

Professor Jonathan S. Dordick received his B.A. in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Biochemical Engineering. In 1987, Dr. Dordick joined the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa, where he served as Department Chair from 1996 to 1998. He was also Associate Director of the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing at the University of Iowa, and held a joint position in the Department of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy. In 1998, Professor Dordick joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, where he is also the Howard P. Isermann Professor of Biochemical Engineering.

Professor Dordick's research interests are, broadly, in the areas of enzyme technology and polymer chemistry. This includes enzymatic catalysis under extreme conditions (e.g., in the presence of organic solvents and in high salt concentrations), enzymes in the synthesis and modification of polymeric materials, combinatorial biocatalysis for drug discovery and polymer synthesis, and the generation of biocatalysis and biomimetics with unique activities and selectivities.

He received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1989, a University of Iowa Faculty Scholars Award, and was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers in 1996. Dr. Dordick is highly active in the biotechnology community; he served as Chairman of the Division of Biochemical Technology of the ACS in 1992, and currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards for several biotechnology companies. Dr. Dordick is a co-founder of EnzyMed, Ind., a pharmaceutical and agrochemical discovery company, has published numerous papers and is an inventor/co-inventor on 14 patents.