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PORTUGAL CHAPTER CHAPTER - May 31, 2019

Student Clubs Meeting Stimulates Cybersecurity Discussion and Debate

With support of the chapter and under the initiative of the Covilha Student Chapter, the Fourth Annual Student Clubs meeting took place in May at the University of Beira Interior (UBI), in Covilha, Portugal. The event, focused on Cybersecurity Aeronautics, Space and Defense, was attended by armed forces officers, university students and other key players to share research and development activities and opportunities with representatives from government, industry and academia. The conference opened with introductions from Antonio Fidalgo, university rector; Silvio Mariano, president of the faculty of engineering; and Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region, followed by Fernando Carvalho Rodrigues, keynote speaker. Cmdr. Luis Arsenio, PRT N, head of research and development for the General Directorate for Resources at the Portuguese Ministry of Defense, presented on opportunities and priority technology areas for research and development defense projects. Next, the student chapters of Almada, Covilha and Porto presented their research and development projects, followed by a debate moderated by Jorge Reis Silva, UBI professor and advisor of the Covilha Student Club. Eduardo Branco, Sevenair, moderated an industry panel discussion with Marcio Santos, Amazon (AWS); Paulo Pinto, AXIANS; Pedro Nunes, Edisoft /Thales Group; Rui Sabino, ESRI Portugal; Nuno Guilherme, INDRA Portugal; and Jorge Ramos, TIMWE Lab. These companies discussed their work experience in innovation, opportunities in defense and security, and emphasized the urgency of implementing measures of cybersecurity by design on all engineering projects, pointing out the dangers of not taking these considerations into account. Tiago Sanches, president of the Covilha Student Chapter and host of the meeting, presented during the closing session, and the final words were given by Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), chapter president.

Event Photographs:

Tiago Sanches, president of the Covilha Student Chapter, addresses the audience at the May event at University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal, during the opening session with the following table members (l-r): Silvio Mariano, president of the faculty of engineering; Antonio Fidalgo, university's rector; Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region; and Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), chapter president.
Tiago Sanches, president of the Covilha Student Chapter, addresses the audience at the May event at University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal, during the opening session with the following table members (l-r): Silvio Mariano, president of the faculty of engineering; Antonio Fidalgo, university's rector; Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region; and Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), chapter president.
Fernando Carvalho Rodrigues, professor emeritus, Institute of Art, Design and Enterprise and former professor at University of Beira Interior, presents his keynote speech at the May event.
Fernando Carvalho Rodrigues, professor emeritus, Institute of Art, Design and Enterprise and former professor at University of Beira Interior, presents his keynote speech at the May event.
Participating in an industry panel at the May event are (l-r) Jorge Ramos of TIMWE Labs; Nuno Guilherme of Indra Portugal; Paulo Pinto of Axians; moderator Eduardo Branco of Sevenair; Rui Sabino of ESRI Portugal; Pedro Nunes of Edisoft/Thales Group; and Marcio Santos of Amazon (AWS).
Participating in an industry panel at the May event are (l-r) Jorge Ramos of TIMWE Labs; Nuno Guilherme of Indra Portugal; Paulo Pinto of Axians; moderator Eduardo Branco of Sevenair; Rui Sabino of ESRI Portugal; Pedro Nunes of Edisoft/Thales Group; and Marcio Santos of Amazon (AWS).

For more details regarding this event contact:
Carlos Rodolfo
+351 918608888

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