Joana Mendonça is an Associate professor at the Engineering and Management Department (DEG) at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), co-coordinator of the Master program in Engineering and Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MEGIE) and of the Doctoral program in Engineering and Public Policy. She is Deputy-Director of the Committee for the competitiveness and funding of IST 20-30. Integrates the executive board of DEG, is a scientific director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Partnership, leads the Laboratory of Technology at IN+, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research. Joana is also a scientific coordinator at CEiiA, Center of Engineering and Product Development.


e-mail: joana.mendonca@tecnico.ulisboa.pt
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=S0r72_8AAAAJ&hl=en
Researcher ID: A-9513-2014
Scopus Author ID: 23985618100
ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-4151-7391



Biography

Joana Mendonça joined the Engineering and Management Department at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) as an assistant professor in January 2017 and earned a promotion for associate professor in January 2020. She is currently the co-coordinator of the Master program in Engineering and Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MEGIE) and of the Doctoral program in Engineering and Public Policy. She is Deputy-Director of the Committee for the competitiveness and funding of IST 20-30. Integrates the executive board of DEG, is a scientific director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Partnership, and leads the Laboratory of Technology at IN+, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research. Joana is also a scientific coordinator at CEiiA, Center of Engineering and Product Development.

She teaches courses on Entrepreneurship, Engineering Economics and Innovation Management and Design Thinking, to Undergraduates, Masters and PhDs students. Her research at IN+, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, where she leads the Laboratory of Technology Management and Policy, focuses on processes of new technology commercialization, industrial development and in the role of skills and human capital in these processes. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Research Policy, Small Business Economics and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Joana has been promoting cooperation with companies, having established joined work with companies in different sectors and locations in Portugal.

During 2016, she was an assistant to the Minister for Economy for issues related to Innovation, Technology and Science; was a guest lecturer at IST in 2013/14 and 2014/15, lecturing Technology Based Entrepreneurship, Practice and Analysis of Public Policy and Advanced Topics in Public Policy Analysis. Her paper Business Owners' Educational Skills and Entrepreneurial Teams on Workers Wages: The Role of Business Owners Gender, co-authored with Filipa Madeira and Miguel Torres won the Best Paper Award at the Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research (IECER) in 2015. In 2012, she integrated the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) network and contributed with research on technology adoption and industrial development. Between 2010 and 2012, she was a Deputy Director at the Directorate for Education and Science Statistics (DGEEC). In 2009-2010, she was an assistant to the Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education. Joana obtained her PhD in Engineering and Industrial Management at IST, University of Lisbon, in 2009. In 2008, she was an invited researcher at ZEW (Centre for European Economic Research). Joana holds a Masters degree in Engineering Policy and Management of Technology, and obtained her Diploma in Chemistry from Lisbon University. She was a researcher at Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, focusing on Solid State Chemistry, and made her diploma thesis at Bern University on Vitamin B12 Derivatives.

Joana is the mother of two wonderful daughters.