Three Doctoral Students Successfully Finished their Studies

Three dual degree doctoral students of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program finished their studies in May 2013. Dragana Bajovic, Carla Costa, and Dusan Jakovetic, successfully defended their thesis dissertations on May 2013, and were able to participate on the 116th commencement ceremony on May 18th-19th, 2013, at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh.


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May 14th, 2013, is a day that Dragana Bajovic and Carla Costa will remember forever: the day when they defended their doctoral dissertations. Dragana Bajovic started her studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), in the academic year 2008/2009. During five years, she spent part of her time with her Portuguese advisor João Xavier, from IST/UTL, and was at CMU with her co-advisor Bruno Sinopolli. A specialist in distributed optimization and information processing in sensor networks, Dragana Bajovic defended her dissertation on "Large Deviations Rates for Distributed Inference."


“Agglomeration vs. Heritage: The Molds and Plastics Industries in Portugal” is the title of the dissertation defended by Carla Costa, a dual degree student in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship. Carla Costa was co-advised by Rui Baptista, from IST/UTL, and David Hounshell, from Carnegie Mellon University.
(Read the article about Carla’s experience at )



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On May 16th, Dusan Jakovetic defended his thesis dissertation on “Distributed Optimization: Algorithms and Convergence Rates." Dusan started his studies at the IST/UTL and CMU, on the academic year 2008/2009. He was co-advised by João Javier, from IST/UTL, and José M.F. Moura, from CMU. Concentrating his work around wireless sensor networks, distributed smooth and non-smooth optimization, and consensus algorithms, Jakovetic selected the joint doctoral ECE program because he felt that it would allow him to test this dynamic new research area in a real-world environment.

In the scope of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, fifteen Ph.D. degrees have been awarded in different programs, such as Applied Mathematics, Language Technologies, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, and Technological Change and Entrepreneurship.

 June 2013