Since 2016, Instituto Superior Técnico (Técnico) promotes the Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo Award aiming to recognise and reward annually two women, graduated at Técnico, as a way to promote the gender balance policy at Técnico and recognise the crucial role that woman have in all fields of Engineering. Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo was an Engineer and a distinguished alumna of Técnico with high impact in the Portuguese society and policy her whole life, being the first women who held the position of Prime Minister of Portugal.

The award is divided in two categories:

  • a former student who has completed her studies at IST for over 15 years and who has made outstanding contributions throughout her professional career;
  • a young graduated from IST, aged under 27 years on 31st December of the year preceding the one in which the prize refers to, whose Master’s thesis has been distinguished for its scientific quality and whose academic performance at IST has been remarkable.

List of former awards

In the category of alumna with a professional career of more than 15 year:

  • 2016 – Maria da Graça Carvalho
  • 2017 – Isabel Vaz

In the category of young graduate:

  • 2016 – Inês Godet
  • 2017 – Bárbara Simões