MIT Portugal Program student is developing a process to transform peels into food that prevents diseases

Claudia Amorim is a MIT Portugal Program Bioengineering Phd student at the University of Minho and is currently working on a project to create food that helps to prevent diseases thanks to the use of peels.

The goal is to transform food components that we usually waste such as onionskin, corn kernel or garlic stem, to produce prebiotics that can be incorporated into some types of food.

More about Claudia´s project on the article published by Jornal de Notícias Newspaper and SIC Notícias!

Projeto Uminho MIT CascasClaudia Amorim SIC Notícias

Pedro Arezes talks about "the cockpit of the future", a project on autonomous vehicles which is being developed at University of Minho

The MIT Portugal Program National Director, spoke on 90 Segundos de Ciência, a Antena 1 Radio Program dedicated to promote Portuguese Research.

Pedro Arezes´ interview was focused on the project known as "cockpit of the future" which is being developed by the University of Minho in a partnership with Bosch Portugal to design and create autonomous vehicles.

Whitout a driver, what changes in the interior design of a car? Will entertainment and comfort somehow compromise safetyListen to the Radio Program to know more about this project.

Cockpit do Futuro

Suscity Project and MPP Paper signed by Claudia Sousa Monteiro on Edifícios e Energia Magazine

Suscity is in Edifícios e Energia Magazine! the MIT Portugal Program´s Project goal is to develop and integrate new tools and services to promote urban resource efficiency. 

This magazine article also focuses on a specific paper signed by Claudia Sousa Monteiro, a MPP SES Phd Student and researcher of the Suscity Project who won this year the Georgios Kazas Award. The paper is co-authored by André Pina and Paulo Ferrão from Instituto Superior Técnico, and Carlos Cerezo and Christoph Reinhart from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  pdf Full article (1.21 MB)

Overview of MIT Portugal Program´s 10th anniversary and plans for the future highlighted in the Media

Celebrating our 10th anniversary in the Media!

MPP came a long way since the 2006 when the partnership between Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Portugal was signed by Mariano Gago, former Minister for Science and Technology, and Phillip L. Clay, former Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

More about MIT Portugal anniversary in the media: RTP3; Jornal de Notícias; Correio da Manhã; LUSAPúblico online; Observador Online; RTP online; CM online; Destak online;  Diário Digital online; Notícias ao Minuto; Sapo 24 onlinePorto Canal online; Diáro As Beiras; Diário de Coimbra; Diário do Minho; Antena do MInho

And some selected numbers from our 10 years:

3110 candidates have applied to the MIT Portugal doctoral programs, 48% of these were international applicants

958 registrations – in Master and PhDs at Portuguese Universities through MIT Portugal doctoral programs

429 graduations both in MPP PhDs and Masters

184 PhD students ‘researches at MIT under the MPP

45 Scholars at MIT under the MPP

270 Portuguese faculty members associated with MPP graduate programs

70 MIT faculty members associated with MPP graduate programs

23 projects funded by FCT through the MPP

2,25M€ private co-funding of research projects

3 current large scale research projects in Sustainable Cities; Stem Cells Engineering for Regenerative Medicine; and approaches to design and manufacturing in mobility industries

28 Portuguese research centers

8 MIT research centers

22 companies funded by Faculty and Students affiliated with MPP

117 ventures accelerated trough Building Global Innovators, of which 74 are active.

MPP PhD Student on the run for the “Create the Future Design Contest”

Tiago Costa Tiago Costa, MIT Portugal EDAM/LTI PhD Student at Universidade do Minho, is part of the team competing at the Create the Future Design Contest with a high efficiency engine, Hyper4.

Tiago Costa, Jorge Martins and Francisco Brito - both professors at UMinho teamed up with Bernie Bon an american engines enthusiast. Two American investors supported the concept disclosure at conferences and supported the US patent record. A third element should soon fund the production of the first prototype.

Hyper4, is built from standard stock materials and no castings need be employed in its manufacture, saving both time and money while reducing waste. Nor does it incur the use of exotic materials or any new engineering disciplines. The Hyper4 improves the fuel efficiency of internal combustion engines by up to 75%, approaching 50% brake thermal efficiency in a unique, compact axial design that is both straightforward and inexpensive to manufacture. Unlike a standard inline engine, the incorporation of constant volume combustion, variable compression ratios and over expansion is virtually effortless. 

“The main characteristic of this engine, which allows us to implement all the aforementioned innovations, is the mechanism we developed to change piston movement”, Tiago Costa reminds us.

In the framework of Tiago Costa’s PhD project, several other strategies to harness energy losses are being researched, particularly engine cooling. “We are working on the possibility of internal cooling by injecting water onto the hot engine parts. By using the steam created during the internal cooling process, we are adding a steam engine to the internal combustion engine, which adds pressure onto the pistons, allowing more work to be produced from the same amount of fuel. We are using the extra enthalpy from the exhaust gases and the generated steam, which otherwise would be lost within the hot exhaust gases and through the engine’s radiator”, Jorge Martins refers.

Please follow the link to vote for Hyper4  until September 9th:

In the media

Correio do Minho; Enginews