João Claro

National Director, Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program

João Claro is the National Director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, an international partnership in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) between Portuguese universities, research labs and companies, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The partnership is funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.

He is associate professor in the Industrial Engineering and Management Department at Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (FEUP), and holds appointments with INESC TEC, where he is Member of the Board of Directors, with responsibilities in the areas of Knowledge Valorization and Technology Transfer, and a researcher in the Centre for Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, and with Porto Business School (PBS), where he heads the Entrepreneurship and Innovation academic area.

João Claro was a visiting scholar with the Engineering Systems Division at MIT. In the past decade, he has taught and mentored close to a hundred technology commercialization teams from Portuguese universities, research labs and companies, in multiple initiatives with COTEC Portugal, FEUP, INESC TEC, PBS, and CMU. João Claro holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from FEUP (2008), an MSc in Quantitative Methods in Management from PBS (2002), and an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from FEUP (1993). Prior to returning to the University, he was a software engineer and project manager at Edinfor (1994-1998).