EEUM professor receives European Union Merit Award

José Campos e Matos, professor of the School of Engineering of the University of Minho, was distinguished with the European Union Merit Award, attributed by the EU Young Entrepreneurs Organisation and by the Portugal-China Young Entrepreneurs Association.

The diploma was delivered within the scope of the FIN2022 International Conference and highlights the career of Campos e Matos, who has already led the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (Yes for Europe) and the European Association for Quality Control of Bridges and Structures (EuroStruct), among others. “I am very happy for the award, which values my activities closely linked with those of the EU and with the pro-European culture,” says the laureate.

Projects disclosed

The results of two projects with the participation of Campos and Matos were also disclosed this week. InfraCrit” allied the Universities of Minho and Coimbra to the company PH Informática to design an intelligent system of protection and management of critical infrastructures against extreme events. The tests took place in Gaia and Guimarães. The investment was around 725 thousand euros, with support from Portugal 2020/FEDER.

In the “SIRMA” project, entities from the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal have received two million euros from the Interreg programme to anticipate and prevent the effects of natural disasters on transport routes on the Atlantic coast. For example, they have created an app to alert drivers to an alternative route in the face of an extreme event and, on the other hand, they have applied new sensors on trains to detect irregularities and damage to the track in time.

José Campos e Matos was born and has lived in Porto for 42 years. He has a PhD from UMinho, where he teaches at the Department of Civil Engineering and researches at the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering (ISISE). He has chaired Yes for Europe, EuroStruct and the general assembly of ANJE – National Association of Young Entrepreneurs, as well as being vice-president of IABSE and advisor to the OECD Young Entrepreneurs of the Middle East and North Africa. He has given a hundred lectures in several countries and has coordinated R&D projects and events at national and international level.