Professor Pena is currently the CEO of the Technology Park of Belo Horizonte.
BH-TEC is a non-profit, private institution aimed at research and high tech activities, designed to house:
– Companies dedicated to the research and development of new technologies in their products and processes;
– Public and private Research & Development Centers;
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BH-TEC is the result of a partnership among: State Government of Minas Gerais; City of Belo Horizonte; Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG); Federation of Industries of MG (FIEMG);MG Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (SEBRAE-MG).
Professor Pena holds a degree in electrical engineering from UFMG (1970), a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from UFRJ (1973) and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (1983). He has worked as a professor in the Electronic Engineering Department since 1974. In technology research, he has a large experience in industrial process control, having provided consulting services, through the University, to various steel, mining and electric power utility companies in the region. He was the rector of UFMG between March 2006 and March 2010.