ECE Back to Basics Colloquium: Marta Castilho Gomes on "How to get a PhD: A Reflection and Discussion of the Ph.D. Process"

Date: October 24, 2012
Hour: 13:00
Place: Room I-105, FEUP

Cristina Marta Santos Gomes 

Marta Castilho Gomes has a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, by the Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. She is an Assistant Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. Marta Castilho Gomes was at Carnegie Mellon for three months, through the Faculty Exchange Program in the scope of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program. Marta Castilho Gomes stayed was in the Process Systems Engineering (PSE) group of the Chemical Engineering department, the research center CAPD - Center for Advanced Process Decision-making. CAPD is the largest research group in the United States in PSE, whose goals are to understand and aid complex design and operation issues faced by the industry as well as develop and advance modeling, solution methods and computer tools for PSE. The CAPD consortium has currently 22 members (chemical and petroleum industries and a number of engineering and software companies).

Although a Ph.D. thesis is a unique piece of research work, there is much in common in the PhD process independently of the area of study. In the nineties there was an explosion of literature directed at helping graduate students deal with their Ph.D. process. Based on my personal experience, in this talk I will reflect and discuss how this literature can be put into use, so that students fully understand the PhD process and are able to cope with the difficulties they may find, enabling a smooth progress towards obtaining the degree. The main reference is the book by E.M. Phillips and D.S. Pugh, “How to get a Ph.D.: A handbook for students and their supervisors”, Open University Press (1^st edition 1987; 5^th edition 2010).