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University of Notre Dame, 17 September 2017
Subject: Recommendation Letter for António Oliveira
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher at University of Porto, where I have also worked as an Invited
Professor for the last five years. My main research field concerns atmospheric flows over complex
terrain, mainly through numerical simulations with both Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
and Mesoscale Regional Weather models.
Having worked several times in cooperation with the Wind Energy Group of INEGI for the
last ten years, I know António Oliveira for whom I have the highest regard, both personally and
António has a large contribution as an wind data analyst, having been paramount to the
development of the INEGI wind database. He revise the programming methods therein to allow
direct updates to the database from tower measurements, most being collected through GSM
communication. This is a large database comprising of nearly 500 towers, with 200 currently
operational and some instrumented at several height levels. The complexity of this database
is increased when considering that the calibration of the instruments varies in time, as field
technicians perform corrections. António automated most of the database procedures, while
allowing for users to revise past data easily.
António also developed a second database geared towards agrometeorological data, involving
the computation of several climate indicators essencial for crops management and viticulture. This
forced him to study topics from a different field where the variables of interest are significantly
different from those in wind energy. He has also experience in the analysis of LIDAR data, having
compared it against tower measurements in project ADWIND, to understand how hill slopes
affect turbulence intensity measurements. Additionally, he has both experience with Linear Flow
models and CFD models, the latter related to his Master Thesis work.
António has high technical skills which, coupled with his dynamic attitude, allows him to
tackle problems and develop innovative solutions. He is also an independent person whom one
may give a task, knowing he will have completed it in due time. I believe he is an valuable asset to
any engineering group, independent if its activity focus the industry or research & development.
Carlos Alberto Veiga Rodrigues
FEUP, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto
CEsA, Centre for Wind Energy and Atmospheric Flows
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