We are delighted to welcome Dr. José Pinto Duarte as the Stuckeman Chair in Design Innovation and director of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing (SCDC). An accomplished scholar with a record of innovative leadership, Duarte will have a tremendous impact on the ongoing research and direction of the SCDC.
"I see design research as a way of tackling the problems that affect humanity today. In this regard, technology is a means to improve people’s lives without depleting natural resources. The Stuckeman Center for Design Computing, the Stuckeman School, and Penn State, have the human and technological resources to contribute to finding meaningful solutions and I will do my best to foster interdisciplinary research and contribute to this rich environment."
– Dr. José Pinto Duarte
After obtaining his doctoral degree from MIT, Duarte returned to Portugal where he helped launch groundbreaking, technology-oriented architecture degrees and programs in two different universities, as well as a digital prototyping and fabrication lab. Most recently, he served as dean of the Technical University of Lisbon School of Architecture (FA).
Duarte has an impressive record of uniting academic research and industry, as well as fostering multi-national partnerships. He has served as president of eCAADe, a European association devoted to education and research in computer-aided architectural design. He also helped establish the MIT–Portugal program, and created the Design and Computation research group, which boasts a strong record of interdisciplinary and collaborative research efforts funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and private companies.