After finishing high school in STEM subjects such as Mathematics, biology, physics and chemistry, Pedro received his MSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering from NOVA School of Science and Technology in Portugal. As part of his industrial placement at The Welding Institute (TWI, Ltd), his MSc thesis focused on the optimisation of Friction Stir Welding process parameters and industrialization to produce tailor welded blanks for lightweight transport application, a project sponsored by Innovate UK (LightBlank).
His PhD research, co-funded by the Industrial Members of TWI as part of the Core Research Programme and Coventry University, focused on the development of the Refill Friction Stir Spot Welding (Refill FSSW) process for lightweight aerospace applications.Pedro is currently working as a senior project leader in TWI’s Friction and Forge Processes section, managing client relationships and the delivery of projects involving friction welding technologies, predominantly for the aerospace and space sectors.
Due to his experience in engineering projects, Pedro is affiliated with the Engineering council and The Welding Institute. As an active STEM ambassador, he frequently presents and supports workshops on engineering related topics to audiences ranging from Year 1 to sixth form students.