Iberian Laboratory and MIT to Collaborate on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research

Sunday, 31 May 2009

At a signing ceremony in Lisbon on May 30, 2009, the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology formalized a $35 million collaboration aimed at enhancing both institutions’ efforts in nanoscience and nanotechnology research and education.

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Faculty Profile: Jean Pol Piquard

Thursday, 21 May 2009

We recently spoke with Jean Pol Piquard about his business, teaching and consulting careers—how they led him to become EDAM Industry Professor at FEUP (Porto), and why developing “projects that fit the agenda of potential industry affiliates” is key to the EDAM mission.

EDAM Industry Professor Jean Pol Picard

MPP: What is your background?
I am Belgian, and received my degrees in civil engineering and management in Belgium. For many years my career was in management, sales, marketing and global projects for European industrial companies. I have been based in Portugal since 1988, where I first assumed management roles in Portuguese companies. Since 1995 I have taught and have consulted on issues involving the internationalization of companies and clusters, as well as on international marketing.

MPP: How did you connect with the MIT Portugal Program?
In 2008 Prof. António Torres Marques [Coordinator of the EDAM program at Porto] contacted me to discuss project development and internationalization challenges for the EDAM [Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing] program. I saw this as an interesting opportunity, one that would complement my teaching and consulting. I applied to become an EDAM Industry Professor. I and Prof. Eduardo Beira (at the University of Minho) now hold those positions.

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Student BioTeams Engage with Industry Research Labs

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Bioengineering students from the MIT Portugal Program recently got a boost to their BioTeams go-to-market innovation projects during visits to two research centers, and in project presentations before an invited panel of experts. 

The visits took place during the mid-term break between laboratory rotations at CITEVE (the Technology Center of the Textile and Clothing Industry of Portugal) and at CENTI (the Center for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials), in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal, on May 7th, 2009.

“The visits gave us a clear idea about how it is possible to do innovation and transfer it to the market,” reports first-year Bioengineering student Filipa Castro. "We also had the opportunity to discuss crucial points such as intellectual property and market strategy.”

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MIT Portugal Program Conference: Engineering for Better Jobs

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

On Tuesday, July 7, 2007, the MIT Portugal Program will hold a high-profile conference at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon for members of Portugal's scientific and entrepreneurial communities—leaders from research centers and universities as well as CEOs and R&D executives from companies, innovation and engineering centers.

Engineering for Better Jobs, which is supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Technologia (FCT), will feature lectures, discussions and poster sessions on the areas of research that MIT Portugal will emphasize going forward: sustainable energy and transportation systems, stem cell engineering for regenerative medicine, and materials and design-inspired products. It also will convey key aspects of the systems-thinking approaches that have undergirded MIT-Portugal research to date and will continue to do so in the future.

A number of MIT Portugal’s industry affiliates will participate in the panel discussions at the day-long conference, and will help to demonstrate some of the benefits to industry in Portugal and elsewhere from partnering with MIT Portugal on research that addresses pressing challenges having to do with energy, transportation, bio-engineering, sustainability, and economic development.

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SES Students Perform Outreach at Cambridge High School

Sunday, 10 May 2009

In an effort to help raise the next generation’s consciousness about sustainability, two MIT students doing MIT Portugal-funded work with the Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) focus area, Carrie Brown and Steve Ray, recently shared their research with students at the Prospect Hill Academy (PHA), a charter high school located not far from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“The aim,” said Ray, “was to inspire a class of seniors to learn more about sustainability—and how to incorporate it into their own lives.”

Green Roof Technologies: Sorting Out the Benefits

Brown and Ray, who are working with MIT Professor of Architecture and Mechanical Engineering Leon Glicksman, jumped at the chance to reach out to PHA’s innovative class on “Green Roofs for the 21st Century,” in which students collaborate with a non-profit organization to help design a green roof for a nearby building.

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