Carnegie Mellon University

Afonso  Cardoso Do Amaral

Afonso S.B. Cardoso Do Amaral

PhD Student, Engineering and Public Policy

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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 working under the supervision of Professors Granger Morgan (CMU), Professor Joana Mendonça (IST), and Professor Erica Fuchs (CMU) while 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.

Advisors: Erica Fuchs and Granger Morgan