M. L. Cruz (Mariana)


I was born in Porto, north Portugal, and raised near Lisbon, Portugal. At Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon, I obtain my BSc. and MSc. degrees in Biomedical Engineering, in 2014 and 2016, respectively. During my Master I did two ERASMUS programs in the Netherlands, first at 3mE faculty, TU Delft, and after at the orthopaedics department of Erasmus MC. In the latter I developed a MSc. thesis in cartilage regeneration through endogenous mesenchymal stem cells stimulation. I am a PhD candidate since April 2017.

Current Project

My PhD project is in the field of engineering education as part of the PREFER (Professional Roles and Employability for Future EngineeRs) project and it has collaboration with 2 engineering education institutes (KU Leuven and Dublin IT), 3 industrial partners and 6 national and European federations. The research aims to design and implement curriculum elements to increase employability of engineering students in Europe and reduce the skills mismatch between engineering graduates and engineering companies. My work is under the supervision of Dr. G. Saunders-Smits and Prof.dr. W. A. Groen.

PhD Researcher

M. L. Cruz