The Técnico professor Adélia Sequeira (Department of Mathematics) gave her last lecture this Wednesday, September 14.
“These are moments of mixed feelings. This is the beginning of a new phase and, at the same time, the recognition of the work done. I would like to thank professor Adelia for everything she had done for Técnico, students and Science”, said the President of Técnico, professor Rogério Colaço, at the opening session.
The Head of the Department of Mathematics, professor José Mourão, began his speech saying “professor Adélia has strongly contributed to the development of the Numerical Analysis and Applied Analysis scientific area”, and listed some of the positions she held, such as Director of the Research Center for Computational and Stochastic Mathematics (CEMAT) and Corresponding Member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences (2008).
The current President of CEMAT, professor Manuel Scotto, highlighted “the simplest way to describe professor Adelia’s relationship with CEMAT is that she gave her best from the beginning. I would like to thank professor Adélia for her tireless effort and dedication”.
“It is a great honour to be here”, said professor Ana Leonor Silvestre, from the Department of Mathematics, who also highlighted professor Adélia Sequeira’s academic career, namely her PhD in Numerical Analysis at the École Polytechnique in Paris (1981), and PhD in Mathematics at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidade de Lisboa (1985). In January 2001, she obtained the Habilitation Degree in Mathematics from Técnico and in 2011 she became Full Professor at Técnico. The various positions held by professor Adélia Sequeira were also mentioned: President of the Management Council of Universidade de Lisboa after the 25th April revolution, member of the General Council of Universidade de Lisboa from 2017 to 2021. The scientific activity of professor Adélia Sequeira was also highlighted: more than 100 co-authored scientific papers, 22 books in which she was co-editor and, also, the UTL/Santander Totta Scientific Award (2010).
“I am deeply grateful and moved by your words”, said professor Adélia Sequeira. During her last lecture, professor Adélia Sequeira talked about her main research topics and academic career, and explained the importance of mathematics in medicine. The professor would also explain that the modeling and simulation of blood circulation and associated tensions allow us to understand the progression of some pathologies and optimize surgical procedures and the design of medical instruments.