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Pedro Vilaça

Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering

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Pedro Vilaça (b. 1969) is Ph.D from the Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST) of the University of Lisbon and is Associate Professor (tenured) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Aalto University since March 2013, where he is the Head of the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials (AM2) research group. From 2003 to 2013, Vilaça was Assistant Professor with permanent position, at IST. His main research focus are on Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Welding technologies, including solid and fusion state processing of engineering materials with conventional and advanced techniques. Other research interests include coating and surface processing, adhesive technology, materials science, mechanical design, computational mechanics and product development. During his career, he has built a large collaboration network with scientists all around the world. Pedro Vilaça has mature experience in leading R&D teams on welding and NDT related projects related in several industrial fields, with emphasis for transport industry. Supervisor of 9 completed doctoral students, several ongoing doctoral theses and over 50 master students.

Responsible of projects on fundamental science and support of industrial activities. Pedro Vilaça is also responsible for projects on commercialization of innovative technological solutions, and co-founder of LENNAHC Oy, a spinoff from Aalto since June 2018.

Pedro Vilaça (ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4749-3036) has h-index = 22 (Scopus), 27 (Google Scholar). In terms of publication record, has 1 book, 4 book chapters, 92 papers in International Journals with peer reviewing; 18 papers in National Journals; 150 communications in Conferences; 15 Patents and other IPR.


  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Welding
  • Friction Stir Welding
  • Solid-State Processing
  • Engineering Materials
  • Product Development
  • Mechanical Design


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