Welcome to the website of Dr José Miguel Castro and his research group. Miguel is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) and a member of the Laboratory for Earthquake and Structural Engineering (LESE).
His research focus on steel and composite structures subjected to extreme loading conditions such as earthquakes. He is actively involved in several national and European research projects through a number of collaborations with Portuguese and European institutions. At the University of Porto he teaches structural and earthquake engineering subjects to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is also actively involved in consultancy work both at national and international levels.
Miguel is a full member of Technical Committee 13 (Seismic Design) of the European Convention on Constructional Steelwork (ECCS).
Miguel was born in Porto in 1976 and completed the high school in Guimarães, his hometown and cradle of Portugal. In 1999 he graduated in civil engineering from the University of Porto. In that same year he moved to the UK to undertake an MSc in Structural Steel Design at Imperial College London. In 2006 he earned a PhD in civil engineering also from Imperial College with a dissertation entitled “Seismic Behaviour and Design of Composite Structures”, developed under the supervision of Profs. Ahmed Elghazouli and Bassam Izzuddin. During the PhD he was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship to spend a research period at the ROSE School (Pavia, Italy). He was also awarded a research prize for the best poster presentation during the Young Researchers’ Conference 2004 organized by the Institution of Structural Engineers. In 2008 Miguel returned to Porto to work as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.