Jose Paulo Vilela da Cunha

IEEE Member, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, IEEE Control Systems Society, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society

Q: What inspired you to become an engineer? Were you always interested in technology? If so, why? If not, when did you become interested and why?

A: Growing up I always enjoyed building toys with old mechanical parts, small motors, electric bulbs and batteries – this is where I first became interested in mechanical engineering.

Additionally, I still remember clearly when my father told me that astronauts should be electronic engineers. This further influenced my interest in engineering, as astronauts were heroes to me during the 1970s.