During my bachelor in computer science, my favorite subjects were Operational Research with Prof. Placido Pinheiro, Artificial Intelligence with Prof. Vasco Furtado and Software Engineering with Prof. Arnaldo Belchior, in memoriam. Early on, I was enchanted by an internship at IVIA, where I learned to program real applications, and another one on academic research in NATI, an IT research center at the University of Fortaleza.
Academia gave me the opportunity to be creative and I was drawn to do my Masters, specializing in usability, user-centered design and software development process with Prof. Elizabeth Furtado. The best memories of that time were usability tests with users.
My academic contribution was quite significant that Prof. Jean Vanderdonckt invited me to do my PhD in Université catholique de Louvain, at the Louvain School of Management in Belgium. My PhD was a wonderful time to read and write (a lot!), travel around the world presenting my work and collaborating with people. My memorable reward was receiving the IBM PhD Fellowship Award in 2009, which gave me the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Noi Sukaviriya and Dr. Richard Hull at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in New York on interactive design and business process management.
Each of these professors and researchers have made a big impact on my life personally and professionally. They have shared with me not only their deep knowledge on a subject, but also their love for learning and sharing.