Paulo Jorge Ferreira was born in Porto, Portugal. He graduated from the University of Porto with a licenciatura degree in Materials Science and Engineering. After graduation he worked in the Research Laboratories of Outokumpu Oy, Finland, followed by a period of two years at the Swedish Institute for Metals Research, Sweden. He then started a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana, USA, where he worked under the supervision of Prof. Howard Birnbaum. Upon completion of his Ph.D work, Prof. Ferreira went to the department of
Materials Science and Engineering at MIT as a postdoc to work with Prof. John
Vander Sande. He then joined the College of Engineering at The University of
Texas at Austin, where he is now an Associate Professor. He concentrates his scientific research in the areas of Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology, and Electron Microscopy. At the educational level, he teaches graduate courses in Nanotechnology and is the Assistant Advisor to the Graduate Program in Materials Science and the University of Texas at Austin. In parallel, he has been involved in initiatives with various american and portuguese institutions in the areas of Education and Higher Education, Systems of Innovation, and Science and Technology. He is co-author of three books, namely “Materials 2000”, IST Press, 2003, “Investing in the Future: University-Industry Collaborations in USA and Portugal” and his latest work “Nanotechnology for Architects, Designers and Engineers” with co-authors D. Schodek (Harvard University) and Michael Ashby (University of Cambridge, UK). He is the author of various scientific articles published in international journals. In addition, Prof. Ferreira is part of the Editorial Board of Review of “Metallurgical and Materials Transactions”. Prof. Ferreira has also acted as a special advisor to the Minister of Economics and Innovation, Portugal, on Government Strategy for Science & Technology.