MIT Club of Portugal Dinner Honors MIT President and MIT Portugal Graduates

Sunday, 06 December 2009

During her visit to Portugal on behalf of MIT, the MIT Energy Initiative and the MIT Portugal Program Nov. 24-26, 2009, MIT President Susan Hockfield had an opportunity to discuss the future of science and engineering research and education – and the critical importance of international scientific collaboration – with a particularly receptive group comprised of 20-plus members of the MIT Club of Portugal; 40 alumni of MIT Portugal (including recent graduates of the Program’s executive master’s courses); Joao Gabriel Silva, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Coimbra; Dean António Cruz Serra of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST); and MIT Portugal faculty.

MIT President Susan Hockfield and other guests at the MIT Club of Portugal dinner

At a November 26 dinner at Lisbon’s Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel to recognize her visit and the awarding of certificates to recent MIT Portugal graduates, President Hockfield assured the attendees that MIT will remain on the frontier of global innovation; will continue to undertake targeted, long-term engagements that fit the Institute’s research and educational interests, as well as address critical problems; will dramatically expand the percentage of MIT students who gain global experience; and will deepen the Institute’s engagement with global alumni.

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MIT President Susan Hockfield to Visit Portugal November 24-26

Friday, 20 November 2009

MIT President Susan Hockfield will visit Portugal from November 24–26, 2009. She will meet with MIT Portugal Program faculty, students, graduates and industry affiliates—and spend time getting to know Portugal, on the first visit by a sitting MIT President to the country. She is also scheduled to meet with Portugal’s Prime Minister, José Sócrates, to discuss the achievements of the Program to date and reassert MIT’s commitment to its collaboration with Portugal.  

A Full Agenda

susan_hockfieldPresident Hockfield—who will be awarded a joint honorary degree by three Portuguese universities: Instituto Superior Técnico of the Technical University of Lisbon (IST-UTL), the New University of Lisbon (UNL), and the University of Porto—also will attend the first ceremony to date during which graduates of MIT Portugal executive master’s programs will be awarded their certificates.

In addition, President Hockfield will participate in three high-level forums organized by MIT Portugal. The first will be about a research and development energy initiative to design and implement sustainable energy pathways for Portugal. The second event, hosted by MIT Portugal National Director Professor Paulo Ferrão and MIT Professor John Fernández, will feature the mayors of Lisbon and and Porto along with other municipal leaders and experts, and will address the creation of “sustainable cities” in Portugal and beyond. The third forum will discuss "StemCellnet," an initiative to foster new knowledge in stem cell engineering, in Portugal but with international participation. (Sustainable energy and transportation systems, and stem cell engineering for regenerative medicine, are key components of MIT Portugal research and education programs and projects.)

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A New Group of Student Visitors Pursues Research at MIT

Thursday, 19 November 2009

On the fourth floor of a sleek office building on the MIT campus in Cambridge, in the MIT Design Lab, are an array of mock-ups of building and other designs made from the usual materials, including foam and wood. But out-of-the-ordinary research is behind these designs – and one of the researchers in residence, at least for several months, is Vasco Granadeiro, an MIT Portugal PhD candidate in Sustainable Energy Systems from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST).

Vasco Granadeiro, one of 17 PhD candidates to arrive at MIT this fallGranadeiro and his IST advisor, Prof. José Duarte (who is also visiting MIT), are working with MIT Portugal and MIT Media Lab Professor William Mitchell on an aspect of mass-customization thatinvolves creating a methodology, as well as design and building plans, for a housing development that is at once pre-fab and customizable – and which takes into account energy concerns. The work is not theoretical: their plan is to see a project through construction with a builder in a developing country where building stock is needed and sustainability considerations are welcome.

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Applications Open for Advanced Degree Programs That Begin in Fall 2010

Monday, 09 November 2009

The MIT Portugal Program is once again accepting applications for its seven leading-edge advanced degree programs:

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“Meet MIT” Brings Portuguese and MIT Students Together to Foster Entrepeneurship

Sunday, 01 November 2009

Some 500 graduate students, faculty and researchers made their way to Lisbon on October 21, 2009 for “Meet MIT: A Student-to-Student Workshop on Entrepreneurship,” an intensive, half-day immersion in technology innovation and entrepreneurship designed to serve two purposes: to bring together students from the MIT Portugal Program and MIT to learn about entrepreneurship from invited speakers, faculty and researchers, and to challenge teams of these students to think on their feet and arrive at viable “go-to-market” strategies for various technologies.

Meet MITMeeting and collaborating with MIT students and alumni at this first-of-its-kind MIT Portugal event – which was held at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL) – were graduate students from FCT-UNL, the University of Minho, IST, ITQB (UNL) and UNL’s School of Economics.

Learning from Successful Entrepreneurs

Several prominent technology entrepreneurs were on hand to share their own real-world experience in bringing technologies to the marketplace: Sarah Bird, founder and CEO of SaafWater; Antonio Camara, founder and CEO of YDreams; Nevan Hanumara, co-founder of Robopsy and an MIT PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering; Jonathan Harthorne, founder and CEO of MassChallenge; Richard Myrick, senior advisor to the MIT AgeLab; and José Salcedo, founder and CEO of Multiwave.

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