MIT Interview with Prof. Daniel Roos

Friday, 26 June 2009

The MIT Portugal Program at Halfway Point of Its Initial Five-Year Funding Period

Interviewed recently by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Daniel Roos, MIT Portugal Director at MIT and Japan Steel Industry Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering, discussed a variety of MIT Portugal's achievements halfway though the program's initial five-year funding period -- as well as plans for the program going forward.

About the future, Professor Roos said: "We're particularly excited about three things. One is further developing our collaborations, including with the growing number of companies that are affiliated with MIT Portugal (multinationals as well as Portuguese companies). Another is seeing our graduate programs blossom. And a third is focusing in on three areas of research that show particular promise: sustainable energy and transportation systems projects, stem cell engineering for regenerative medicine, and advanced engineering design projects. We want to contribute real-world solutions to pressing economic and social challenges -- in Portugal, but also in the wider world."

Read the interview.


Management Strategist Partha Ghosh Presents Innovation Workshop

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

In several high-profile presentations on innovation and leadership sponsored by the MIT Portugal Program across the country, management strategist Partha Ghosh called on Portugal to “revive the spirit of Vasco de Gama."

One event was a high-level workshop titled ‘Advancing the Promise of Portugal in the 21st Century: Toward a New Leadership Resolve,’ in which Ghosh focused on Portugal’s opportunity to build on its heritage of innovation and define areas of competitive advantage. Held at Culturgest in Lisbon on June 22, 2009, the workshop stressed Portugal’s need to have a different strategy than, for example, the “BRIC” countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) do when facing competition from Eastern Europe.  

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MIT Portugal Presents Research at Innovation Days

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Faculty and students from the MIT Portugal Program took part in the Fourth Annual Innovation Days exhibition held in Lisbon June 18-20, 2009 as part of Portugal’s chairing of Eureka, a European network for industrial innovation. The aim of Innovation Days is to promote the results of successful market-oriented R&D projects, boost their economic exploitation and promote new partnerships among companies, researchers and investors.

The four focus areas of the MIT Portugal Program were well represented at the event. Featured R&D projects included one involving mesenchymal stem cells (Bio-Engineering), as well as prototypes developed during the Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing Product Design and Development module in Fall 2008 (‘Baby Bottle Anywhere’ and ‘helpUcarry’). Posters from PhD research projects were also presented.

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MIT Portugal Research Presented at ESD/MIT Symposium

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Focus is on Sustainable Energy Systems Research and Materials and Engineering Systems Education

The account of the Sustainable Energy Systems presentations was provided by Tina Rosan, MIT Portugal Program Postdoctoral Associate.

Several MIT Portugal students and faculty presented their work on sustainable energy systems and engineering systems education in research sessions held on the third day of the Second International Engineering Systems Symposium at MIT June 15–17, 2009 – Engineering Systems: Achievements and Challenges.

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MIT Portugal a Presence at the Second International Engineering Systems Symposium

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

The MIT Portugal Program – and several of the program’s leaders – played a significant role in the well-attended Second International Engineering Systems Symposium held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) June 15–17, 2009.

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