1. What are your personal perspectives as a researcher?

I feel I have already passed the time in which I was competing for another project, a new idea or source of funding. Therefore, nowadays, I tend to focus my personal objectives in two major directions. The first one is to find practical application for the knowledge I conceive, which means having contracts with major companies in which the research is oriented towards true engineering problems. The second one is to use my knowledge to serve the scientific community, either as a professor or by aiding the younger researchers that work in my team or even by helping the peer review process for major journals and conferences as this is what grants the quality of the scientific knowledge that every day is made available.  

2. In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges in your area of research?

The biggest challenge of research in Electrical Engineering is to attract young people. Research consists in studying advanced topics to then propose solutions to unsolved problems. So, it is mostly dependent on brain power, which implies that, without new brains, there can’t be any good research. As an example of the lack of new researchers we face, nowadays, I notice that, in my research topic and related fields, there are more offers of research grants than good recently graduated people to absorb them.  


3. Where are the strengths of the UA in your opinion?

Using its partnership with the Instituto de Telecomunicações, UA has access to a well-equipped research laboratory on RF electronics. In addition, it already has a group of well-prepared people that offers the necessary critical mass to perform high-level research work on RF electronics. Together, these are the two most import assets of UA in my research field. 


4. Could you give one idea to improve research in the UA?

There would be many things I could list to improve research in the UA. But, focusing my attention in only a very practical one, I suggest UA library enters an agreement with IEEE to obtain unlimited access to IEEE Xplore. Having access to papers that were published only after 2005 sounds like electrical engineering has only 10 years of existence or that MSc education provides the whole knowledge developed during the previous 85 years. 


Contact:

Dr. José Carlos Pedro
Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics
Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Email: jcpedro@ua.pt



última atualização a 20-07-2016

Jose Carlos Pedro received the Diploma and PhD Degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Aveiro - Portugal, in 1985 and 1993, respectively.
From 1985 to 1993 he was an Assistant Lecturer at University of Aveiro, where he became a Professor in 1993. Currently, he is a Full Professor at the same University, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Telecommunications Institute, where he heads the Wireless Circuits and Systems group.
As a professor, he has lectured on telecommunications electronics and served the Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics Department as the Coordinator of the Scientific Council and as Department Head.
His main scientific research interests are focused on nonlinear analysis and modeling of high-frequency circuits and systems, where he is the head of a research group that he created in the early 1990’s. In that field, he authored or co-authored more than 200 papers in international journals and symposia and is the leading author of one book published by Artech House in 2003.
He has served the scientific community as a reviewer and co-editor for some of the best journals and symposia of his field.
Prof. Pedro received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1993 and the 2000 Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), U.K., Measurement Prize. In 2007, he was awarded the Fellow grade by the IEEE “for Contributions to Nonlinear Distortion Analysis of Microwave Devices and Circuits”. Renown as an expert in his field and for his communication skills, his has been giving talks around the world as an IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturer since 2014, and, in 2016, he was awarded the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Distinguished Educator Award for his "Outstanding Achievements as an Educator, Mentor, and Role Model of Microwave Engineers and Engineering Students”.

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