José Manuel Mendonça is currently a Full Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, University of Porto, and Chairman of the Board and CEO of INESC TEC.
Graduated in Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering, University of Porto, he obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London. Presently he is a Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas, Austin, and a member of the High-Level Group of the European Technological Platform Manufuture.
He is the National Director of UT Austin Portugal Program and Chairman of the Board of ForestWISE CoLAB.
He was Vice-President of the Innovation Agency, CEO of the Ilídio Pinho Foundation and Chairman of the Board of three technology-based companies: Tech M5 SGPS, Fibersensing SA e Kinematix SA.
In addition, he was Scientific Director of the University Technology Enterprise Network (UTEN), in the UT Austin Portugal Program, National Delegate to the Program Committee in various EC R&D Programs – Innovation and SME’s (FP5), Growth (FP5), NMP (FP6) and ICT (FP7) – and Coordinator and Evaluator of several European projects within the scope of the ESPRIT Program (FP4 and FP5).