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Kearney rewards academic merit

Duarte Feiteira, Engineering Physics MSc student, was the best student of Probability and Statistics curricular unit, and won the Kearney Class Excellence Award.

Duarte Feiteira, the best student of Probability and Statistics curricular unit during the academic year 2019/2020, won the Kearney Class Excellence Award (€1,300). The award ceremony took place this Wednesday, October 21, in a hybrid format.

Professor Miguel Abreu, president of the Department of Mathematics (DM), congratulated the award winner and highlighted the importance of recognising this curricular unit, which is “an increasingly important area in the business world”. “This partnership with Kearney is very important for the DM and to our students,” he added.

Engineer Ana Pedrosa, Principal at Kearney and Técnico alumna, made a brief presentation of the company and highlighted “the importance of this partnership with Técnico, not only due to the strong reputation of this school, but also due the large number of Técnico alumni who work at Kearney”. “Probability and statistics are very relevant in the work we do. The knowledge and skills related to this area are increasingly valued”.

“I would like to thank A. T. Kearney for this award and Técnico for celebrating partnerships that benefit students”, said the Engineering Physics MSc student. “I would also like to thank the Department of Mathematics and the professors of this curricular unit, without whom this would not be possible”, he added.

“We are very happy that our students continue to exceed expectations and achieve these extraordinary results”, said professor Pedro Amaral, vice-president of Técnico for Corporate Relations and Operations. “Técnico has made an effort in recent years to get closer to companies in order to improve the school–business relationships, and it is very rewarding that this effort has resulted in partnerships like this one”.

Engineer Manuel Melo, Senior Business Analyst at Kearney and Técnico alumnus, talked about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its prominence in recent years. The Técnico alumnus explained why machine learning is important for AI and how AI impacts our lives and companies.

The Kearney Class Excellence Award also includes a €867 donation to DM for the improvement of teaching and learning conditions.