Faculty member, researcher, and consultant, Ricardo Simões has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. His research areas include Engineering Design, Sustainability with Plastics, and Complex Engineering Systems. Coordinated 20 projects with industry, supervised 11 PhD theses and has over 200 publications (journals, chapters, proceedings). Institutional coordinator of WP2 at IPCA. Coordinator of the Committee responsible for planning and implementing the European Innovation Hub (EIH) on Future Industries and Sustainable Regional Development within the scope of WP2.