Nuno Silvestre is Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering (DEM) of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon (UL), Portugal, and member of the R&D unit Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IDMEC-IST).
Research interests of Nuno Silvestre are grouped in two main areas: (i) nanomechanics and computational simulation of materials at nanoscale and (ii) development of numerical methods for the analysis of thin-walled structures. Regarding nanomaterials, he achieved several recent contributions on the computational modelling and mechanical behaviour of carbon nanotubes (CNT) and CNT-reinforced metal matrix composites. Concerning thin-walled structures, his work on the development of Generalized Beam Theory (GBT) received world recognition. His publications received many citations from other papers indexed in ISI Web of Knowledge (441, without self citations; 612, with sc) and Google Scholar (1333). The Hirsch index (h-index) of Nuno Silvestre is 14 in ISI Web of Knowledge and 21 in Google Scholar.
For his scientific achievements, he received many awards from national and international agencies, including the Vinnakota 2004 Award (Structural Stability Research Council, US), IJSSD 2007 Award (International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics), Ferry Borges 2008 Award (Portuguese Association of Structural Engineering), Diploma of Distinction for Scientific Merit and Knowledge 2008 (Technical University of Lisbon), Award for Best Young Researcher in Applied, and Computational Mechanics 2009, (Portuguese Association of Applied, Theoretical and Computational Mechanics) and UTL 2011 Award (Santander Totta Bank).
Besides being regular referee in many international journals, he is member of editorial board of several international journals (Thin-Walled Structures, Elsevier; International Journal of Steel Structures, Springer; The IES Journal Part A: Civil & Structural Engineering, Taylor & Francis; Coupled Systems Mechanics, TechnoPress; Int. Journal of Mechanics and Applications, Scientific & Academic Publishing, Int. Journal of Composite Materials, Scientific & Academic Publishing) and national journals (Construção Magazine, Publindústria; Metálica, CMM).
Nuno Silvestre acted as coordinator of two national R&D projects and as member of three R&D projects funded by FCT (National Agency), supervises eleven PhD thesis (four of them completed and seven in progress), organized several thematic sessions and conferences and worked in some consultancy projects. Presently, he is a member of Task Committee 7 (TC7 - “Cold-Formed Steel Construction”) of ECCS (European Convention for Constructional Steelwork), Executive Committee of the Portuguese Association of Steel and Mixed Construction (CMM) and national representative in Technical Committee 135 of CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation).