The Helianto team is a group of undergraduate and graduate students at IST who are dedicated to the research, design, and operation of technologies for fully solar electric vehicles.

A brief description of the team members will be presented in this section.

Name:  Horácio João Matos Fernandes

Professor and vice chairman of the physics department of IST (, researcher at the Institute of Plasma and Fusion ( with research interests in electronic instrumentation and nuclear fusion. He is a member of the Technical Advisor Panel of Fusion for Energy, the European agency for ITER ( and treasurer of the Portuguese Physics Society.

Telephone: (+351) 218 417 691 (Intern: 1691) - E-mail hf(@)

Name: Manuel F. Oom Seabra Pereira

Cathedratic Professor and Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the IST, IDMEC researcher - Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Vice-President of the European Technology Platform “ERRAC - European Railway Research Advisory Council, Chairman of the Eurnex - European Railway Network of Excellence.

Telephone: (+351) 21 841 7456 (Intrern: 1456) - Email: mpereira(@)

Name: Virgínia Isabel M. N. Infante

Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of IST and a researcher of the ICEMS - Institute of Science and Engineering Materials and Surfaces (

Telephone: (+351) 21 841 7643 (Intern: 1643) - Email: virginia.infante(@)


Name: João Fernando Cardoso Silva Sequeira

Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computers, researcher at the Institute for Systems and Robotics, with scientific interests in the area of intelligent decision and control. It has participated in several national and international projects in the field of robotics.

Telephone: (+351) 218418057 (Intern: 2057) - Email: jseq(@)

Name: Dário Gonçalo Ribeiro da Silva

Aerospace Engineer and Researcher of IDMEC - Institute of Mechanical Engineering.

Telephone: (+351) 218417473 (Intern: 1473) - Email: dario.silva(@)