Historically, the research unit “Centre for Mechanical and Aerospace Science and Technologies” (C-MAST ) was created in 1994 by a small group of six aerospace engineers. Now we became a Reasearch Center developing studies in Energy, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a wide spectrum of areas, from Astrodynamics to Technological Forecasting.

We are involved in high-level international collaboration, scientific networks, and prestigious professional societies, also aiming to intensify and promote investigation and collaboration with the industry in these domains in Portugal, to improve the quality of teaching/learning in the involved institutions, to qualify high-level specialists, and to develop outreach activities. With these goals in view, the activities of the Centre are multidisciplinary and combine scientific, technological, economic and social aspects.

C-MAST identifies its objectives as

• Carrying-out high-level research in its activity areas;
• Development of international collaboration and participation in international scientific and technological networks and project teams;
• Contribution to national and regional capacity of industrial development and technology transfer;
• Training and qualification of researchers on post-graduate and post-doctoral level and initiation of graduate students in scientific research in the activity areas;
• Promotion of the scientific culture in academic environment and to general public.

The Centre research and development activities are organized in two main multidisciplinary research groups:

• Aeronaspace Materials and Structures (AeroMaS)
• Energy and Mechanics of Fluids (EnerMeF).

and two cross-cutting thematic lines:

• Space Systems (SpaceS)
• Technology Forecasting & Systems Engineering (TeFASE).

The Centre Advisory Committee presently consists of

• Filippo Graziani (University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy)
• Yong Chen (University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom)
• Robert G. Melton (Penn State University, USA)
• M. Yu. Ovchinnikov (Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russia)
• Marcel Escudier (University of Liverpool, UK)
• Victor Pandolfelli (University of Sao Carlos, Brazil)

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