MIT Portugal Prof. Sangeeta Bhatia Featured on PBS's NOVA scienceNOW

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Professor Sangeeta Bhatia, an MIT Portugal Program Bio-Engineering faculty member, is featured on the PBS television series NOVA scienceNOW, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. The program will be broadcast numerous times in the United States in the coming days, but can also be viewed online or accessed via a podcast.

Prof. Bhatia

The program’s website includes an interview with Professor Bhatia and an interactive feature that enables visitors to put questions to her. NOVA’s profile of Professor Bhatia is the third segment of four in the one-hour program.

In January, 2009, Professor Bhatia was named one of 10 “Women to Watch” on January 23, 2009, by Mass High Tech, a Massachusetts-based newspaper that covers technology issues and trends. She holds an M.D. and a Ph.D., and is Professor of Health Science and Technology and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She has welcomed MIT Portugal graduate students work in her lab to work on projects that involve repairing and regenerating damaged tissue using micro- and nanotechnology tools.


MIT Portugal Details New Research Strategy at 1st Annual Conference

Monday, 13 July 2009

At "Engineering for Better Jobs" Event, Industry Leaders Show Support for Program’s Market-Oriented Focus

Before an audience of several hundred that included leaders of Portugal’s scientific community as well as industry and research executives, the MIT Portugal Program’s 1st Annual Conference on July 7, 2009, “Engineering for Better Jobs,” provided a twofold opportunity for MIT Portugal: to describe the program’s achievements to date, and discuss the three areas in which the program has decided to focus its efforts going forward – sustainable energy and transportation systems, stem cell engineering for regenerative medicine, and materials and design-inspired products.

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Breadth of MIT Portugal Efforts Reflected in Posters at 1st Annual Conference in Lisbon

Friday, 10 July 2009

With their prominently displayed poster presentations at the 1st Annual MIT Portugal Conference, “Engineering for Better Jobs,” held at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon on July 7, 2009, 110 MIT Portugal doctoral students and 30 program researchers demonstrated the breadth of the program’s research and education achievements to date in bioengineering systems, materials and design-inspired products, and sustainable energy and transportation systems.

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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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