Ricardo Castro received his (Integrated) M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, in 2011. For his M.Sc. graduation work (continued later as a researcher), he was part of the “Hospital Benchmarking” project, where he developed efficiency models to benchmark hospital services in the Portuguese National Health System and proposed new effectiveness measures to assess and compare surgeons and surgical services regarding the outcome life/death after a surgery.
He moved to the Space sector, working, from 2014 until 2020, at the Technology Programmes Office of the European Space Agency, supporting the management of the technology developments pursued by the Agency in support of its future missions.
Back in Academia, and working at the NWO project “SYstem change for New Ecology-based and Resource efficient Growth with high tech In Agriculture (SYNERGIA)”, he aims to contribute to the new “Technology for Ecology” concept, by developing a controller of feed intake that can assist commercial dairy farming in moving towards an ecological production method that can minimize its environmental impact without jeopardizing productivity.