Engineering Design Roundtables at UMinho: The route to SMART IMPLANTS: a glimpse into 2028

The EDAM focus area at the University of Minho ended the year of 2017 with an Engineering Design Roundtable entitled “The route to SMART IMPLANTS: a glimpse into 2028”, jointly organized with the research center CMEMS-UMinho (through the Project HAMaBICo), which was held on December 15th, at the Campus of Azurém - University of Minho.

Following the trend from the previous roundtables, this one discussed the recent developments on the field of medical implants in an attempt to foresee its next 10 years. The reason for choosing the year of 2028 to name the roundtable was due to a quote from John Maynard Keynes:

“[in 2028] for the first time since his creation, man will be faced with his real, his permanent problem – how to use his freedom from pressing economic cares, how to occupy the leisure, [….], to live wisely and agreeably and well”

This was written in 1928 (he was looking 100 years ahead), and in very simplistic manner he predicted that by 2028, men will be free from the daily burden. He made this essay from an economical perspective, but this Roundtable brought it to the implants’ scope.

With four major talks, given by:

  • Inês Pinto, Cell Mechanics Laboratory, INL (Portugal);
  • Michael Gasik, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Aalto University (Finland);
  • Lia Rimondini, Department of Health Sciences, University of Piemonte Orientale (Italy);
  • Filipe Silva, Department of Mechanical Engineering, CMEMS-UMinho (Portugal);

The roundtable bridged cell physiology, concepts, design and manufacturing throughout the day, promoting large periods of discussion. The debates were also focused on understanding cells behavior around implants and on materials, concepts and new hybrid subtractive-additive technology for development of new type of implants. The idea was the development of implants able to interact with host tissues rather than just being accepted by host tissues, e.g. active implants rather than passive implants. It is expected that these new ‘smart’ implants are able to constantly interact with surrounding cells redirecting their response (even remotely controlled, when needed), thus increasing their long-term survival. Implants should survive during the whole life of the patients instead of existing implants whose life is about 10 to 15 years.

The roundtable led to the discussion of some interesting ideas that researchers from different companies and universities will now try to put into the form of innovative solutions.   

Overall, more than 40 persons actively participated in the roundtable, including PhD students, researchers and faculty members.

The EDAM-UMinho team is already planning the next Roundtable that will take place in February 7, 2018, and will be dedicated to the “Engineering Education in the 21st Century”. Further details will soon be given.

EDAM Roundtable

EGOS FORUM workshop: a MIT Portugal Program Bioengineering event to help students better know and develop themselves

Do you really know yourself and of the world around you? Are you fully aware of your working skills? Do you have the means to effectively transform your personal and professional life? These are some of the topics that the 1st EGOS Forum, a top-level workshop for the faculty, researchers and students from the Bioengineering Systems focus area of the MIT Portugal Program, addressed. The event took place on two separated dates and locations, 4th and 5th December in Braga and on the 13th and 14th December in Lisbon (FCTUNL Caparica Campus) and was led by Professor Adriano Freire, the President of EGOS Institute, an international management consulting and training organization.

Over the last 20 years, Adriano Freire has conducted many top-level projects for multinational, large and medium-sized companies focused on behavioural development, strategy and innovation. Adriano Freire earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration in Tokyo, Japan, and he is Professor at the Lisbon MBA (American-European MBA Program from MIT, Portuguese Catholic University and Nova University). Following Prof. Richard Thaler’s Nobel Prize for his pioneering work on “Behavioral Economics”, the EGOS Forum has incorporated leading-edge knowledge from behavioural sciences into the MIT Graduate Programs in order to help participants analyse their personal and professional lives and find answers to their questions. By better understanding themselves and others, in both academic and professional contexts, they are better able to understand who they want to be.

This method defines and combines four core psychological profiles (Entrepreneur, Governor, Operational and Social), which are positioned on the EGOS Map, an innovative personality model based on solid biological, psychological, sociological, and managerial foundations. Before the EGOS Forum participants filled out an online questionnaire and received their own EGOS Maps, so they could leverage the results during the two days’ event and apply all topics (communication, teamwork, time management, stress, decision making, change management, etc.) to themselves. And with the support of the EGOS Map they were able to set their own transformation goals and determine the change paths.

At the end of the event all 23 participants were undoubtedly pleased with the outcome of the workshop, here are some of their testimonies:

The EGOS Forum was a truly revealing experience. In order to understand how we can perform at our finest and put our true potential to the best use, we need to be fully aware of our strengths and weaknesses. During the EGOS Forum, Prof. Adriano Freire taught us the EGOS methodology and gave us the tools to understand our personality more deeply and identify opportunities for personal development. The self-discovery journey that the EGOS Forum provided will help me strategize my next professional challenges and improve my adaptation skills to settings and teams.

António Vicente

I would like to say that the EGOS Forum made me realize that I need to understand my personality first, where did I come from, who I am now and what do I want in life, regarding my personal and professional life. It also called my attention to my virtues and flaws which I need to work on to become a better person with my family as well as with my colleagues at work.

Emingarda Castelbranco

The difference between having a tool such as the EGOS Map and using it in our daily and professional life, and not having it, is like making a puzzle seeing each piece of it and knowing the final picture, against making this puzzle blindly. Only when we know the shape and colours of each piece of the puzzle (i.e, when we know who we are and how we behave) we can then fit each piece (i.e, build coherent, constructive and successful teams) in its right place. No team building activities and efforts will succeed if each team member fails to first know who he/she is and how he/she relates with the others. Prof. Adriano did not just design this tool; he is also great at explaining it! I advise all research groups, departments, companies willing to boost their success to learn this tool and use it!"

Fátima Lopes

Egos Forum

A CALL is open to 2017-2018 MIT Portugal Program Scholarships

If you want to apply to a PhD Scholarship under the MIT Portugal Program, you can submit your online application by January 3rd. The 40 PhD scholarships, to study in Portugal and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), are funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and are available in the Program´s four areas:

  • Bioengineering Systems – PD/526/2012 (10 scholarships)
  • Leaders for Technical Industries – PD/76/2012 (10 scholarships)
  • Sustainable Energy Systems – PD/395/2012 (10 scholarships)
  • Transportation Systems – PD/539/2012 (10 scholarships)

The call is open to applications for individual scholarships for the doctoral programs, according to the regulations of the Research Grant Holder Statute (Law 40/2004, of August 18), and according to the FCT Regulations for Advanced Training and Qualification of Human Resources, Decree Law 234/2012, changed by the Decree Law 339/2015 of June 17.

For more information on the application process, please check the Apply page.

Good luck!

MIT senior student awarded with one of the three 2018 Marshall Scholarships was recently in Portugal for an internship

Nick Schwartz, who performed a internship in Portugal under the MISTI Portugal program in 2016, was one of the three MIT students to be named winners of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Nick won the scholarship Funded by the British government that supports one or two years of graduate study in any field at a U.K. institution. This year, Marshall Scholarships were awarded to 43 top American students.

During his internship at CEIIA, a world class Center for Innovation and Creative Engineering in Porto, he helped enhance drone technology and had the opportunity to meet the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, and even take a group photo to capture the moment.

Nick Shwartz and António CostaNick Schwartz (on the right) with Prime Minister António Costa

In 2016 and 2017 the MISTI Program brought to Portugal seven students per year from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for a unique internship experience abroad. The success of the collaboration between MISTI and the MIT Portugal Program, which started officially in 2014 and already gave the opportunity to 25 MIT undergrads and graduate students to emerge in the Portuguese entrepreneurial sector.

 MISTI is a pioneer in international education, by helping MIT students to develop practical intercultural skills through hands-on opportunities in over 30 countries. MISTI's mission is to ensure that students have a rich experience that broadens their academic, professional, and personal horizons and prepares them to be global leaders in their field of study.

 More information about Nick´s profile here.

Events & Seminars for MPP visiting students at MIT

Since the first program phase, MPP has hosted more than 200 MPP student visits at MIT. Visiting students conduct part of their doctoral thesis at MIT in the research groups of their MIT thesis co-advisors, leading to scientific breakthroughs and co-publication of scientific papers. Students stay at MIT for a period of 4-12 months to benefit from the immersion and rich experience in the MIT ecosystem; visits are described as extremely positive and highly influential, with students achieving strong gains in new methodological approaches, scientific knowledge in areas of interest, and entrepreneurial ideas.

In addition to the countless events and seminars available to MPP students at MIT, the MIT MPP office has been offering MPP-specific group events and seminars to stimulate the exchange of experiences and ideas among MPP students and faculty, and to expose students to relevant research, innovation, and entrepreneurship in areas of interest. Recent events include an MPP student group meeting in September 2017, with students presenting and discussing their research with fellow students and MPP faculty; and in October 2017, Prof. Douglas Hart’s seminar on the “Entrepreneurial Journey.”

In November of 2017, four MPP student events were organized:

November 9

MPP students presented and discussed their research with fellow students and MPP faculty.

November 9Participants from left to right: Beatriz Gonçalves (MPP student), Prof. Bruce Tidor (MPP Director at MIT), Prof. Pedro Arezes (MPP Director in Portugal), Carlos Teixeira (MPP student), Luís Coimbra (MPP student), Marisa Pedro (MPP student), Guillermo Pereira (MPP student), Juliana Mitkiewicz (MPP student), Thiago Sobral (MPP student), Ana Vila-Santa (MPP student), Vanessa Cunha (MPP student).

November 15

Presentation: “Inspired Engineering” by Christina Chase, Lecturer, MIT Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and the Managing Director of the [email protected] Sports Technology Group.

November 15Participants from left to right: Prof. Pedro Arezes (MPP Director in Portugal), Dr. Gonçalo Pereira (Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, MPP graduate), Vanessa Cunha (MPP student), Ana Vila-Santa (MPP student), Dr. Federico Cismondi (Director of Industry Program, MPP at MIT, MPP graduate), Beatriz Gonçalves (MPP student), José das Neves (MPP student), Luís Coimbra (MPP student), Christina Chase (Lecturer, MIT Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and the Managing Director of the [email protected] Sports Technology Group)

November 28 - Workshop:” MATLAB® Programming for Advanced Research and Data Science”

MIT Portugal Program students, currently at MIT, organized this MATLAB® workshop. The presenter was Gonçalo Pereira, PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems from Instituto Superior Técnico of The University of Lisbon and a MPP alumni. Dr. Pereira is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at MIT and involved in one of the MPP seed projects at MIT. The focus of the workshop was on tools provided by the Matlab® software that can support PhD students in their research, focusing on topics related to Data Analysis and Visualization, Statistical Analysis, Optimization, and Computational Efficiency.

November 28Participants from left to right: Vanessa Cunha (BIO - E - IST), Luís Coimbra (DPTS - UC), Marisa Pedro (DPTS - IST), Duarte Dias (IST), Beatr iz Gonçalves (EDAM - UM), Carlos Teixeira (EDAM - UM), Dr. Gonçalo Pereira (Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, MPP graduate) and Thiago Sobral (DPTS - FEUP).

November 30 - Workshop: “Designing Your Life” by MIT Graduate Student Career Services.

Dr. Jake Livengood, Senior Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services at MIT Global Education & Career Development, and his colleagues presented on the “Design Your Life” approach (DYL), originally created by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans from the Stanford University Design Program. The MIT Student Career Services team introduced the DYL approach and engaged the MPP students in various exercises to familiarize them with the basic concepts of design thinking and how it can be applied to further their career.

November 30Participants from left to right (and back to front): Sean Clarke (Speaker), José das Neves (MPP Student), Vanessa Cunha (MPP Student), Marisa Pedro (MPP Student), Ana Vila-Santa(MPP Student), Beatriz Gonçalves (MPP Student), Luís Coimbra (MPP Student), Cátia Bandeiras (MPP Student), Carlos Teixeira (MPP Student), Guillermo Pereira (MPP Student), Tianna Ransom (Speaker), Thiago Sobral (MPP Student), Jake Livengood (Speaker) and Gonçalo Pereira (Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, MPP graduate).