Graduated Mechanical Engineer at IST, Technical University of Lisbon. Ph.D. at the Imperial College of London in the area of energy intensive industries.
Full Professor at Technical University of Lisbon in the areas of energy and climate change. Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; American Association for the Advancement of Science; World Academy of Art and Science, and Portuguese Academy of Sciences. Principal Adviser to BEPA, a Department of the EC reporting directly to the President.
Member of the National Council of Education and Member of the National Council of Environment and Sustainable Development.
Former Minister of Science and Higher Education and former Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.
Decorated with the "Great Official of the Order of Public Instruction", Portugal, "High Honour of the Great Cross", Brazil. International scientific publications: 415 articles. Author of 2 books, editor of 14 books.