FLAD Management Board | Elsa Henriques holds a first degree, a master's degree and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. She is an Associate Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, a full member of the executive board of Fundação Luso Americana para o Desenvolvimento - where she leads the field of Science & Technology - and a member of the board of directors of Fulbrigth Portugal. Over the past 30 years, she participated and coordinated several national and European R&D projects, in collaboration with industry, focused on complex system design processes, manufacturing systems and failure prognosis. She supervised 15 PhD students and has numerous scientific and technical publications in national and international journals and conferences (index h 21 in scopus). She was a national delegate in the 6th and 7th Framework Programme of the European Union in the thematic area of the NMP and has been involved in the MIT Portugal initiative since its establishment, where she led the ``Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing`` programme.