Contact Gracinda Marques Ferreira

Areas of expertise

  • Design, Strategy & Innovation
  • Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science
  • Mechatronics & Advanced Controls
  • Product and Service Design
  • Structures and Materials


A Mechatronics technician with international accreditation in Architecture due to her professional background, Gracinda also studied Engineering Physics and real estate Management. After completing a Mechatronics HND, she toke on the role of instrumentation Technician which is undertaken at the numerous AVEC facilities. She assists research work and student's projects with electronics, electrical and hand-fittings.

After having had the experience of assembling motorcycle batteries with 18650 cells, she developed a special interest in these vehicles and this technology, having registered her own design and patent for an electric motorcycle.

Collaborative and creative, Gracinda has an entrepreneurial spirit and a multi-disciplined vision of problems, and always aims for simple practical solutions, prioritizing tidiness and communication. In 2015 she filed a patent of a 3D printer for building habitable modules on Mars using a raw misture of regolith, water and binders, which she hopes to see at work on the red planet some day in the future.

Research opportunities

Electric Vehicles, Battery Technologies, IoT and Navigation, Smart Cities, 3D printing.

Current activities

Current activities involve several research projects aiming to study vehicle dymanics, electric mobility and the student's curricular development.