Full professor Pedro Arezes was reappointed on September 30th as president of the School of Engineering of the University of Minho (EEUM). The ceremony was attended by the rector Rui Vieira de Castro and took place in the B1.10 auditorium of the Azurém campus, in Guimarães, with online broadcasting on Youtube of EEUM. For the triennium 2022-25, Pedro Arezes will have as vice-presidents the professors António Vicente, Lígia Rodrigues and Raúl Fangueiro.
Pedro Arezes was born 49 years ago in Barcelos and lives in Guimarães, and has a PhD in Production and Systems Engineering from UMinho. He has been director of the MIT Portugal Programme since 2016. He has worked for several periods in foreign universities, such as TU Delft (Netherlands), MIT and Harvard (both in the USA), having been a scholarship holder of the Foundation for Science and Technology, Gulbenkian Foundation and Luso-American Development Foundation.
He has coordinated and collaborated in more than 50 R&D projects and with industry, is (co)author of more than 300 articles in international journals, has been invited to a hundred lectures (half of them abroad) and has received awards in several countries. Furthermore, he has been an expert for the European Commission and member of evaluation committees in Spain, Ireland, Brazil, USA, Poland, Cyprus and United Arab Emirates.
EEUM was founded in 1975. It is the largest School of UMinho, with nine departments (Computer Science, Production and Systems, Industrial Electronics, Information Systems, Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Engineering and Textile Engineering) and nine research centres (2C2T, Algoritmi, CEB, CMEMS, CTAC, IPC, ISISE, HASLab, METRICs). It has 353 career teachers, 444 PhD researchers, and more than 100 administrative and management staff. In the last academic year it integrated 6925 students, distributed among 14 bachelor degrees, 13 integrated master degrees, 35 master’s degrees and 20 doctoral degrees. It is now receiving 824 new students in the 1st phase of the National Competition for Access to Higher Education, in Guimarães and Braga.