Prof. Pedro Camanho
Pedro Camanho (MSc in Mechanical Engineering, UPorto, 1995) received his PhD in Composite Materials from Imperial College London, UK, in 1999. He is Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto the President of the Associated Laboratory in Energy, Transportation and Aeronautics (LAETA).
The main research interests of Pedro Camanho are the mechanics of deformation and fracture of advanced polymer composite materials, and new concepts for lightweight composite materials for aerospace applications such as hybrid, nano-structured, functionally graded and ultra-thin composites. Pedro Camanho was Visiting Scientist at NASA-Langley Research and at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. He was a Royal Society Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and a Visiting Professor at the Laboratoire de Mécanique et Technologie, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan.
Pedro Camanho is the recipient of the 2006 NASA H.J.E. Reid Award for Outstanding Scientific Paper, of the 2005 Young Researcher in Applied and Computational Mechanics Award, the 2005-2009 Engineering Fracture Mechanics Most Cited Articles Award, and the 2016 Mechanics of Materials Highly Cited Research Award. He also received the 2020 Excellence in Research Award of the University of Porto. His work has been successfully transferred to the industry and services: finite elements implemented by ABAQUS (Dassault Systèmes), materials models implemented in LS-DYNA and MSC-NASTRAN, failure criteria in HYPERSIZER, ESACOMP and ANSYS, and test methods that are used by both the automotive and aeronautical industries.
Pedro Camanho is member of the Advisory Board of the European Mechanics Society, of the Council of the European Society for Composite Materials, and of the Engineering Panel of the European Research Council (ERC). In 2020 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.