She took a Degree in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra in 1989. Between 1989 and 1991 she worked in the chemical industry (NARES) as head of the Quality Control Laboratory. In 1991 she starting working as Graduate Assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra and became an Invited Graduate Assistant Lecturer thereafter between 1995 and 2006. She is presently completing her doctoral thesis which deals with the line modelling of the manufacturing process of paste and paper and has had many articles in this area of study published. In this context she has also participated in a variety of research projects co-financed by the national paper industry. In addition, she has also received two honourable mentions for work presented at international conferences in 1989 and 2003.
While working as a teacher she has taught, among other things, practical-theoretical classes in the following areas: Industrial Stoichiometry (on the Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering degrees); Project and Industrial Process Weighting and Simulation (on the Chemical Engineering degree) and Weighting of Material and Energy (on the Environmental Engineering degree). It was in this respect that her interest arose in the preparation of this current manual.