CMU Portugal welcomes six new Dual Degree Ph.D. Students for the 2023/2024 Academic Year

The CMU Portugal Program welcomes six new Dual Degree Ph.D. candidates for the 2023/2024 academic year. The new Ph.D. students will be funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)  and will start their journey in September 2023, embarking on a full-time program split between 2 years at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and 3 years at a Portuguese university.  

The selection process for these candidates was overseen by a committee composed of faculty members from Portuguese Universities and Carnegie Mellon University, resulting in an overall acceptance rate of 7%.

This year’s scholarship awardees will cover diverse areas of study, with four specializing in Electrical and Computer Engineering, one in Software Engineering, and one in Engineering and Public Policy. 

In Portugal, the host institutions for these scholars will be distributed as follows:  three will be based at Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto (FEUP), two at Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa and one at Universidade de Coimbra. Two of the admitted scholars – Marta Freitas and José Gomes – have previously participated in the 2022 edition of CMU Portugal Visiting Students Program.

The group includes four students from Portugal and two from the United States of America. Furthermore, the CMU Portugal Program is proud to report significant progress in promoting gender equality within its admissions, with 66% of female students admitted for the 2023/2024 academic year, marking a notable 30% increase since 2021.

The CMU Portugal Program has enrolled a total of 180 students, and it currently maintains an active community of 60 students (composed of Dual Degree and Affiliated programs) and 90 alums. 

Here are all the new students by Ph.D. Program:

Ph.D. Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • José Gomes (Carnegie Mellon University/ Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa) 
  • Marta Freitas (Carnegie Mellon University/ Universidade de Coimbra) 
  • Pedro Cachim (Carnegie Mellon University/ Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa) 
  • Xiyu Deng (Carnegie Mellon University/ Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto)

Ph.D. Program in Software Engineering

  • Cláudia Mamede (Carnegie Mellon University/ Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto)

Ph.D. Program in Engineering and Public Policy

  • Brissa Acevedo (Carnegie Mellon University/ Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto)

2022/23 Admitted Dual Degree Ph.D. Students