Afonso Amaral

PhD Candidate Technology Management and Policy

Afonso Amaral is a candidate for both the Ph.D Programs in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and at Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade de Lisboa (IST-UL), as well as researcher at IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research. Afonso holds an integrated Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from IST, and was a researcher for 9 months in the cooperative research program “cátedra 4.0” between IST and The Navigator Company. He has specialized in maturity models and implementation of critical technologies in Small and Medium Enterprises, their integration in Industry 4.0, and how these companies can shape themselves to reap the full benefits of their inherent digital transformation. Currently, he is researching into the entry barriers of critical markets and is interested in topics such as entry barriers, critical technologies, flexibility, supply chain and strategic management.