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José M. Lourenço da Saúde holds a PhD in aeronautical engineering and is responsible for the CEIIA Chair of Aerospace Science and Technology based at the University of Évora. He has a post-graduate degree in international aeronautical project management. He has over 35 years of aeronautical experience, divided between the public and private industrial sector and the defense sector (Portuguese Air Force), where he concluded his career in 2019. Since 2007 he is a guest professor at the Department of Aerospace Sciences of the University of Beira Interior. He also collaborates with the University of Évora. He was until mid-2022 National Coordinator of the Specialization in Aeronautical Engineering of the Order of Engineers.
Ricardo Reis works for Embraer Research and Technology and is based in Lisbon, Portugal. Currently, he is focal point for Systems Engineering for the RT department, crosslinking initiatives and connecting to the Chief Engineer office and coordinator of Embraer SE community of knowledge. He is also part of the Embraer RT Strategy team and leads several projects within the European collaborative ecosystem, currently spanning Hybrid Electric regional aircraft, Human Factors and AI enabled Digital Assistants. With an aerospace engineer degree and a PhD in High Performance Computing and Turbulent Flow Simulation, he has drifted towards at SE due to concerns with overall system design and human systems integration practice. In that regard, he has joined INCOSE and strives to be active with the AI and HSI WG.
Engº David Cruz, IST alumni, has an academic background in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Later, he completed an MBA in Air Transport/Civil Aviation Management. With an extensive professional career in renowned companies in the aviation industry, Engº David Cruz is currently applying his expertise as Maintenance Director at MESA's base in Beja. MESA's new hangar in Beja is operational since 2020, performing Airbus aircraft maintenance.
Filipe Passarinho is a Project and Business Development Manager for Aeronautics and Defence. With over 17 years of experience in Product Development and Research in the Aeronautical, Automotive and Space Industries, he has managed the projects and service programme with Leonardo Helicopters since 2012, across its aircraft portfolio, and follows the development of other products and customers in the sector. In this role, he leads multidisciplinary teams in Portugal, Italy and the UK, and is one of the main interfaces with technicians, procurement and other suppliers and partners. Filipe studied Aerospace Engineering at IST, specialising in Aerothermodynamics, Structural Analysis and Simulations, and began his career at CEiiA as a structural calculation engineer for the automotive and aeronautical industries. Miguel Fernandes has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and currently works as Structural Calculation Engineer at CEiiA. His responsibilities include support to the development and validation of vehicle structures, mainly in the Aerospace sector, but also in Naval/Offshore. He has collaborated in development projects ranging from the KC-390 aircraft, through autonomous maritime vehicles, to the INFANTE satellite and DeltaV suborbital launcher.
Hugo André Costa, born and raised in the north of Portugal, has a background in physics by Minho University. His love for space took him to Strasbourg to study a Master in Space Studies at the International Space University and later an MBA at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. He worked at the FCT Space Office as Portuguese representative at ESA, in the space industry both in Space and Ground Segment in Spain and Germany. Before accepting this new challenge, he worked at EUMETSAT in the Copernicus Programme Office. Now serves on the Executive Board of the Portuguese Space Agency. Now back in Portugal he hopes to surf more often and, when possible to participate in sprint triathlons. Filipa Lourenço is a Project Manager at Neuraspace managing the AI FIGHTS SPACE DEBRIS PRR project, for the Agendas/Alianças mobilizadoras para a reindustrialização, PRR EUNextGen. She has over 7 years' experience in the space sector, including company operationalization, business development and strategy, business unit management, project and programme management for ESA. She holds a master's degree in Physic Engineering by the NOVA School of Science and Technology of the NOVA University Lisbon and a postgraduate in General Management Program (PDE) by the AESE Business School - IESE ASSOCIATED SCHOOLS. Ivo Vieira participated in PoSAT-1, the first Portuguese satellite in 1993, and did research at INETI on new attitude sensors. From 1997 to 1999, lectured on physics for pre-university education as a missionary in Mozambique (Africa), where he was deputy-director of that school and g one of the main responsible for its foundation since its inception In 2002, he created Lusospace, the first space start-up in Portugal. Since then, in addition to being CEO, he has been project manager for several contracts. In 2013 funded LusoVU, a company which develops augmented reality glasses, and LusoMusic, which has a school to teach music through gamification and artificial intelligence. He was also business angel for a start-up in robotics and is currently vice-president and coordinator of the space area of AED – Associação Aeronáutica, Espaço e Defesa. Francisco Vilhena da Cunha is the CEO of GEOSAT, a Portuguese company of Earth Observation with high-resolution satellites. Aerospace Engineer, with an MBA, has 20 years of experience in defining and implementing technological, industrial and business development strategies in the aerospace sector.
Dr. Olivas is a former NASA Astronaut and veteran of two spaceflights, STS-117 Atlantis (June 8 through 22, 2007) and STS-128 Discovery (August 28 to September 11, 2009). Additionally, he completed a total of five spacewalks, for a total of 35 hours of EVA experience. He is the only astronaut to have ever repaired the exterior of the space shuttle while on orbit. In 2022, Dr. Olivas founded OA-Espaco, headquartered in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Azores, providing consultancy in the areas of space policy, design, manufacturing, operations and training.
Pedro Lourenço: PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, (IST). He leads the Control section in the GNC department. Rui Gondar: Master in Aeronautical Engineering (Universidade Da Beira Interior). He started as an SST and Flight Dynamics Engineer in GMV last year and is part of the Space Surveillance and Traffic Management team.
José Correia Guedes was born in the city of Oporto in 1946. During the years of 1972 and 1973 he attended the piloting course at the Flight Safety Academy of Vero Beach, Florida. During his career, he got certified to fly a variety of different aircrafts, namely Boeing 727, 707 and 737, Lockheed L1011 Tristar and both Airbus A320 and A340. Further, José had responsibilities as a Line Check Pilot of the fleet of Airbus A340 of TAP Air Portugal. José is, also, the founder and director of the Sirius aeronautical magazine and author to the books «Na Rota do Yankee Clipper», «O Aviador» e «Carlos Bleck».
António Relvas: Director of Innovation at TEKEVER, in which he has a path of over 17 years. Graduated in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of Aveiro, his professional career has passed through the software area, electronics and the engineering direction. Nuno Matos: Passionate about efficiency in aerostructural design and optimization, graduated in Aerospace Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico, integrates the product development team of the TEKEVER AR5 aircraft and also contributes to the R&D project team in the study of tools to aid the design and conceptualization of new vehicles.
Ricardo Conde is the president of the Portuguese Space Agency and the father of two beautiful girls. He graduated in Electrical and Computers engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) – Technical University of Lisbon, with a background in Telecommunications, Radio frequency, and Space and Ground Systems. Ricardo has more than 30 years of working in the industrial and institutional space sector. He began his professional career in 1991, having been linked to the Aeronautics and Space sector since 1993, having participated in several national and international Space programs, particularly in Space and Earth Segments. Since 2019, Ricardo has been a member of the board of directors of the Portuguese Space Agency, and in 2020, he was appointed President of the Agency. He has been participating as a panellist and keynote speaker in several International Space Congresses, particularly on the emergence of new space agencies as new actors in space, Space sustainability and the role of Space in Earth sustainability. In 2022, Ricardo was the chairperson of the Eureka Network, the larger international network to promote Science and Innovation for SMEs. Currently, he is the Portuguese representative and head of delegation in the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA), in the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and in the Council of the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO).
Pedro Matos has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Geo-Resources from IST. He has been an Air Traffic Controller (CTA) since 1998, having worked at the Santa Maria ACC, at the Lisbon Tower, and at the Lisbon ACC. Since March 2018, he has been Head of Technical and Operational Training at NAV Portugal, being also a Theoretical and Practical Instructor, although he remains an active Air Traffic Controller. His favourite hobby is flying, and he also has a private pilot licence.
Ivo Ferreira is an astrophysics and space engineering enthusiast. His interest in space started early, fascinated by the dimension and complexity of the universe and the human quest to understand it. This interest led him to visit the Space Camp in the USA at the age of 14 and realize that his path would always be in this area. He is a proud Alumni of the aerospace engineering course at Técnico, having graduated in 2007. He spent the last 2 years of his degree at Supaero and at the University of Paul Sabatier where he also got a Masters in Astrophysics. Later he did a PhD with the MIT Portugal Program in ''Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing'' and also did the space studies program at the International Space University. He worked in diverse technical areas such as electric thruster testing, software development, space suits, or scientific instruments. After his PhD he evolved to the field of systems engineering, where he has been working at the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Netherlands since 2012. At ESA he was team leader for the conceptual design of new space missions for scientific applications, Earth observation or Human exploration. Since 2017 he has been working in the science directorate in the preparation of future missions, as a systems engineer for the development of the satellites, and also managing the technology activities required for the feasibility demonstration of these missions. His current main focus is on the Athena mission, one of the major missions of ESA's Cosmic Vision program that is still in the preparation phase. The Athena mission is a space observatory designed to observe high-energy sources in the Universe that emit essentially X-rays. These sources can be for example neutron stars, areas around black holes or supernova explosions. With its small contribution, it hopes to help better understand big questions such as the evolution of the universe, the origin of metals, or what happens next to a black hole.
Senior engineering manager with more than 14 years of experience in Formula 1 and in aerodynamics in particular working across track, wind tunnel and CFD. Used to making data-driven decisions in high-performance environments from multiple teams and communicating with different stakeholders.
Catarina Ribeiro was born in Guimarães in 1997. She joined Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in 2015, where she completed an Integrated Masters in aerospace engineering by 2021. During university, Catarina was involved in a diversity of student projects inside of Aerotéc (the aerospace student association of IST) such as the Air Cargo Challenge and the organization of Semana Aeroespacial. In 2018 she moved to Torino, Italy, where she completed a semester in Erasmus at Politecnico di Torino. In 2021 she was accepted into the Formula Future programme in Scuderia Alpha Tauri, where she currently works as a Junior Mechanical Design Engineer for the Suspension and Driver Controls group.
With a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico, Nuno Pereira's professional career began at Bombardier, at McKinsey, where his interest in the financial area and fintech industry was awakened, at Amazon and, he founded WODly, an artificial intelligence startup applied to sport. After living in eight countries, he returned to Portugal with a clear goal: to become an entrepreneur again, creating something with an impact that would improve the quality of life of those living in Portugal. And from this desire came Paynest, a solution that seeks to put an end to microcredits.
Ever since she was a little girl, Graça has been fascinated by the sky, the stars, and everything in between - including airplanes. This fascination led her to pursue Aerospace Engineering. She specialized in avionics, but what moves her is the aviation industry. She had the opportunity to do her thesis at Portugália Airlines, where she now works in safety and flight data analysis. At the same time, she is studying to be a pilot and hopes one day to work in the office with the best view in the world.
She studied Aerospace Engineering at Técnico, specializing in Avionics. Belonged to AeroTéc integrating the SA'19 team and RED. Had the opportunity to live 8 months in Canada, where she did her master thesis in the area of path planning for drones. She finished her degree in May last year and currently works for TXT Group as a consultant where she works as a software engineer. She lives in Switzerland, and works directly for the client, Pilatus Aircraft, in the development of the PC-21 simulator.
Miguel entered IST in 2016 and his academic career was quickly marked by his active participation in AeroTéc. After co-founding the RED project, he served three consecutive terms on the board of this student group. He has been working for a little over a year, at ASC, on the development of the space ecosystem of the Azores.