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Climber, House Music Producer, and Teaching Assistant Professor

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Name

Goncalo Martins

Title

Teaching Assistant Professor

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

How long have you been at DU?

I’ve worked here for four years.

Hometown

Lisbon, Portugal

Education

I received my bachelor’s and master’s at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, got my P.h.D. at DU, and I did my postdoctoral work at Vanderbilt University.

What did you do prior to coming to DU?

I was and still am a consultant as a freelance engineer for jobs that are within my expertise.

What is your role in the school?

I mostly just teach, but am involved with many other faculty members in researching education for the school. In my case, Dr. Roszelle and I submitted a proposal to give K-12 students from lower-income areas the opportunity to come here and learn about electrical engineering over the summer, and then go back to their schools as ambassadors to teach their peers.

Where is your expertise and what is your research material concentrated on?

My postdoctoral research was focused on cybersecurity for cyber-physical systems, meaning security that would be used for physical systems that are connected with a computer that then must communicate. So, in short, ensuring that these communications are secure.

What are the best things about the job?

Just having the opportunity to interact with people and be in the classroom is the best part of this job.

What is your favorite class to teach?

All of them are good, because they all have something different to offer the students that take those courses.

What is your professional advice for students?

Learn how to fail and how to overcome that failure. It’s not bad to fail, because you can always learn from it. It’s all about being able to intrinsically motivate yourself after a failure and continue pushing afterwards to find success.

How are you involved outside of the Ritchie School with DU?

I have some collaboration with the music school as I am currently in the process of creating two classes for them. The general theme behind them being the building of analog synthesizers and the combination of music with electrical engineering. I am also involved with the Office of Teaching and Learning or OTL to assess students on the way that my curriculum runs and to find the most fair way to grade.  

What do you hope to see for the Ritchie School in the coming years?

The school is involved in so many aspects of advancement, so it’s impossible to pick one specific answer. The focus should just be to keep going with the progress and make sure everything is moving along.  Examples would be inclusivity and women in engineering. In the end, they all matter.

Describe yourself in three words or less:

Persistent, compassionate, and kind. Being persistent means raising the bar and raising one's own expectations and motivation.  

What do you like to do outside of work?

I do some production of underground house techno music, I coach rings for adults at a Denver gym, and I enjoy climbing both indoors and outdoors.

What do you think the best Colorado destination is outside of Denver?

Shelf Road is a great location for climbing.

What is the Ritchie School to you?

"Education is what it means." They invest in resources and opportunities in spaces outside of class as well as in creating inclusive opportunities to embrace the idea of pushing students forward.