Protocol Signed in Ponta Delgada Another Step Forward for the Green Islands Project

Friday, 30 October 2009

On October 26, 2009, the University of the Azores, the Regional Government of the Azores and Portugal’s Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) signed a Protocol of Cooperation for the development of the MIT Portugal Program’s Green Islands project, which aims to significantly reduce the Azores’ use of fossil fuels by developing new and expanded renewable energy resources and technologies. The signing took place in Ponta Delgada, on the island of São Miguel.

The protocol is a follow-on to the April 2009 agreement signed by the University of the Azores and MIT Portugal to develop an advanced studies program; also, to engage in research and development, as well as demonstration projects in Sustainable Energy Systems – the latter including collaboration on the Green Islands project. (The energy company SGC Energia and EdA, the Azores’ electric utility, are other key partners in Green Islands.)

Studies and Demonstration Projects

Under the protocol, students and faculty at the University of the Azores will work with counterparts from MIT Portugal to study energy consumption patterns (with a specific emphasis on residential and commercial buildings), as well as study transportation/mobility demands on the Islands. The partners will also map the potential for a range of renewables in the Azores, including solar, wind, wave/tides, geothermal and biofuels.

These research projects will set the stage for demonstration projects – for example, the development of electric vehicle fleets, the design of a net-zero energy school, and the installation of residential solar hot water heaters.


“Active Learning” the Focus at Annual EDAM Education-Research Meeting

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Improving student learning was the topic at hand during an intensive workshop for Portuguese faculty from the MIT Portugal Program’s Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM) focus area September 25–26, 2009.


The workshop, “Improving Student Learning and Knowledge Retention,” was led by MIT Teaching and Learning Laboratory Associate Director Dr. Janet Rankin at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. The participants—27 faculty members from the EDAM consortium institutions, including the Engineering School of the University of Minho, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, and Instituto Superior Técnico of the Technical University of Lisbon—were joined by several faculty from MIT Portugal’s Sustainable Energy Systems focus area institutions.

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Visiting Faculty from Portugal on MIT's Innovation Teams Class

Saturday, 10 October 2009

A Springboard for Catalyzing the Innovation Ecosystem in Portugal

visiting_pt_faculty_i-teams_fall_09_web2.jpgMIT Portugal recently spoke with three Portuguese faculty currently visiting MIT: Ana Teixeira, Frederico Ferreira, and Luísa Ferreira Lopes. They are in Cambridge to take part in the MIT Entrepreneurship Center’s Innovation Teams course – in which students develop commercialization strategies for cutting-edge technologies – and to bring lessons learned back home to their respective Portuguese universities. The i-Teams approach is a cornerstone of the curriculum developed by MIT Portugal’s Bioengineering focus area, which has so far facilitated nine faculty visits to MIT to observe the course. (The Bioengineering focus area organizes a “Bio-Teams” competition in Portugal each July that draws directly on MIT’s i-Teams approach.)

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MIT Portugal Students and Graduates Qualify for MIT Alumni Association Affiliate Status

Saturday, 03 October 2009

If you are a student in or graduate of the MIT Portugal Program, you are entitled to Affiliate status in the MIT Alumni Association, an organization that boasts more than 120,000 members worldwide. The granting of Affiliate status by the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors in the spring of 2009 reflects the continuing integration of MIT Portugal into the MIT community.

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MIT Course Demonstrates MIT Portugal's Integration of Education and Research

Saturday, 03 October 2009

By Maya Abou Zeid, Ph.D.

maya.zeidFrom 2007 to 2009, Maya was the lead MIT educational coordinator in MIT Portugal’s Transportation Systems focus area and worked with MIT and Portuguese faculty to organize and evaluate that group’s CTIS and PhD Programs. She earned her PhD in MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the summer of 2009. Her thesis was on transportation modeling; specifically, developing methods to measure travel well-being. Maya is now on the faculty of her undergraduate alma mater, the American University in Beirut.

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