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Susana Sargento, researcher at the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics and at the IT
Scientist of the UA wins the European Union Prize for Women Innovators 2016
O Comissário europeu Carlos Moedas e a investigadora Susana Sargento
Susana Sargento, professor at the Departament of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (DETI) and researcher at the Telecommunications Institute (IT) of the University of Aveiro (UA), has won the European Union Prize for Women Innovators 2016. Awarded by the European Commission with the purpose of recognizing women entrrepreneurs for having introduced innovative ideas into the market, the prize of 100 thousand euros has been announced on the 10th March, in Brussels. Susana Sargento, co-founder of Veniam, the startup responsible for the creation and management of the largest vehicular network in the World, was the first Portuguese woman among the nine finalists to the Prize.

This is the third edition of the European Union Prize for Women Innovators, awarded this year by the European Commissioner responsible for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. The contest is open to women who have founded or co-founded companies and who are somehow related to the European Commission’s funding programmes. By distinguishing these examples, the European Commission also seeks to inspire other European women.

Susana Sargento, professor at the DETI and researcher at the IT, is responsible for the research group Network Architectures and Protocols. Holder of a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering by the UA in 2003, Susana Sargento was a professor at the Computer Science Department of the University of Porto, between 2002 and 2004, and was a guest professor at the Carnegie Mellon University (USA) in 2008/2009.

Veniam is a spin-off of the universities of Aveiro, Porto and of the Telecommunications Institute, with the support of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, UPTEC and the Programme Carnegie Mellon Portugal. It was founded in 2012, by Susana Sargento, João Barros (professor at the University of Porto and researcher at the IT), Roy Russell and Robin Chase (founder and ex-CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world).

With more than 15 years of experience in technical leadership of several national and international projects, Susana Sargento has been working very closely with telecommunications operators and manufacturers. In what regards research, she has been involved in several FP7 projects, such as Future Cities – of which she was co-responsible for the implementation of the vehicular network in buses and trucks, as well as in fixed stations in the city, presently including more than 600 vehicles in Porto – national projects with research institutions and with the industry, and projects within Programme CMU Portugal (DRIVE-IN and S2MovingCity).

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