Professor of the School of Engineering honoured in the USA

Paulo Flores, Full Professor at the School of Engineering of UMinho, was honoured at the University of Wichita, in the United States of America, for the 20 years of cooperation with that North-American institution.

The distinction was held last April 24 at the University of Wichita, one of the most prestigious North American universities in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The tribute to Professor Paulo Flores took place in the context of a visit to the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) of that institution, which aimed to establish scientific and educational collaboration partnerships in the areas of biomechanics and aircraft.

The cooperation between the universities of Minho and Wichita began in 2003, when Professor Paulo Flores first visited Wichita for his doctoral degree. Since then, there has been “constant and fruitful collaboration between the two institutions, especially with regard to research projects and co-supervision of graduate students, resulting in over 60 joint publications”.

Born 50 years ago in Vieira do Minho, Paulo Flores holds a degree and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UMinho and post-doctoral studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and at the University of Arizona (USA). He has been working at UMinho for 25 years, as full professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and researcher at the Electromechanical Microsystems Centre (CMEMS). He has received scientific awards in several countries and is (co)author of half a thousand scientific, technical and pedagogical publications. He chaired the Portuguese Biomechanics Society, is on the “World’s Top 2%” list of the world’s leading scientists by Elsevier publishing house and also coordinates the largest European minicart festival (“Race Party“), which on 24 May is expecting 300 participants from five Portuguese universities.