Presently Senior Researcher at IDMEC – Instituto de Engenharia Mecanica, Instituto Superior Técnico.
Full Professor in Mechanical Engineering from 1993 until 2011 when he retired. Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal (2008-2011).
Was Vice-Rector for Scientific Affairs at the Technical University of Lisbon, 2003-2007
Thirty years of experience in Structural Analysis and Machine Design.
Has been involved in complex design projects in railway vehicle technology. Has been actively cooperating with leading European railway operators and train manufacturing industries in accident statistics, railway dynamics, comfort studies and train crashworthiness, passive safety, pantograph/catenary dynamics, wagon technology.
National delegate to the Transport Program in the EU 7th Framework Program;
Vice-Chairman of the ERRAC - European Rail Research Advisory Council since 2002;
Chairman of the Council of EURNEX - The European Rail Research Network of Excellence from 207-2012.
Participated in 17 european projects of which he coordinated 3 and was the technical consultant in the scientific coordination of other 4 projects
Member of the Editorial board of three International Journals;
Over 150 technical publications in refereed journals, conference proceedings and technical reports.
Co-editor of five books.