Universidad PolitÃ©nica de Madrid, Spain
Nuno Couto graduated in Energy Engineering from University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) in 2010 among the top students in his class. During that year he also won a research grant funded by The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). At the end of 2012 he completed his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the same University with multiple articles in international journals and several national and international conferences. The conducted work allowed him to have the highest grade thesis in recent years. Early in 2013 N. Couto won a PhD fellowship with a final score within the top 10 in the entire country. He moved from UTAD to University of Porto where he currently attends his 4th year of PhD in Mechanical Engineering. In this short time frame N. Couto has published 19 articles in international journals and 14 international conferences becoming a lead researcher in gasification. Of these, the majority was published in major energy high impact factor journals including Energy & Fuels, Applied Thermal Engineering, Renewable Energy, Energy Conversion Management, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy and Energy, among others. His paper entitle “Syngas combustion analysis using an experimental and numerical approach” was awarded by ASME 2014 Power Conference. Just 8 studies were selected worldwide and his was the only selected from Europe. Following his personal interest and work developed in computational fluid dynamics N. Couto started to take a second master’s degree at the University of Madrid in Numerical Simulation in Engineering with ANSYS. At this point, after years working in numerical simulation his skills are among the very best of the field. Lately, the focus has been shared between assistance in several classes in UTAD and the involvement in numerous national and international research projects as team/core member. Nevertheless, contribution to the field is also a key interest having refereed dozens of peer reviewed international journals and conferences which resulted in the invitation to be a Guest Editor for the prestigious Energies Journal.
• Computational Fluid Dynamics
• Municipal Solid Waste Treatment
• Process optimization