Pedro Arezes, Professor of Ergonomics and Human Factors in the Production and Systems Department of the School of Engineering of the University of Minho, was named National Director of the MIT Portugal Program at the organisation’s annual conference. Pedro Arezes succeeds at Paulo Ferrão and together with Bruce Tidor, Director of the Program at MIT, he aims to prepare a competitive proposal allowing the program to progress into a third phase in 2018.
As MIT Portugal celebrates its 10th anniversary, Pedro Arezes cites a need to identify future new areas of research: “MIT Portugal has cultivated new ideas through a close interaction between academia and industry. At the moment we have 3 big projects underway and 30% of their funding comes from private Portuguese investment. We aim to continue to work together with universities and industry to identify areas of research likely to have a strong socioeconomic impact in Portugal and abroad”.
Higher Education is also highlighted by Pedro Arezes: “The biggest advantages of our partnership are enjoyed by our students. We are proud to see MIT Portugal PhDs and Masters’ graduates working in companies and universities in and outside Portugal. We are training students with skills to be competitive professionals anywhere in the world, from the United States and Iceland to Singapore and New Zealand.
Pedro Arezes is a full Professor of Human Factors Engineering at the School of Engineering of the University of Minho and he is a Visiting Fellow at AgeLab’s MIT and Harvard University. He has been leading the MIT Portugal Program EDAM area at University of Minho since 2015.