José M.F. Moura was one of the 12 personalities distinguished by Minister Manuel Heitor with a Medal of Scientific Merit

In a Ceremony held on December 21, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, distinguished 12 personalities, including CMU Portugal program Director at Carnegie Mellon University José M.F. de Moura, with a Medal of Scientific Merit (Medalha de Mérito Científico). This distinction rewards national and foreign individuals who, by virtue of their high professional and performance duties, have been recognized by their exceptional contributions to the development of science or scientific culture.

With a career of more than 50 years and living in the United States since the 70s, José M.F. Moura has been supporting research and educational initiatives between Portugal and the United States for the last three decades and since 2006 through initiatives supported under the CMU Portugal Program. This year he was already awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by Universidade de Lisboa, in recognition of his academic, scientific and professional outstanding contributions, worldwide and with a strong impact in Portugal and Instituto Superior Técnico, in signal processing and data science.

The group of individuals now recognized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) for their contribution to the development of science and scientific culture in Portugal also included: Maria José Miguel and Dulce Anahory from the MCTES office; Helena Pereira who is currently FCT President, Emília Moura and Isabel Vitorino also from FCT; Ana Noronha and Rosalía Vargas (Ciência Viva), Raúl Capaz Coelho (SGEC), Luís Magalhães (IST) and Paulo Ferrão (COST and former FCT President).

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