Professor of Steel Construction at the Departament of Civil Engineering of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra. Director of ISISE – Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering, Research Centre financed by FCT (Portuguese Science Foundation) evaluated in 2014 with EXCELLENT. Honoris Causa Doctorate from the University of Liege, Belgium. President of cmm (Portuguese Steelwork Association). President of ECCS (2012-2013). Chairman of the Technical Management Board of ECCS (2007-2013). Member of the Portuguese Academy of Engineering.