Madalena Dias graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 1977 and joined the Department of Chemical Engineering of FEUP as Teaching Assistant. In 1979 she started her post-graduate studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, Texas, USA, where in 1984 she obtained her degree of Ph.D. in the area of Simulation of Flow in Porous Media. Between 1984 and 1988 she worked as a Research Scientist at the multinational company Schlumberger Ltd., first at Schlumberger-Doll Research, in Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA and later at Schlumberger Cambridge Research, Cambridge, UK, conducting research in the area of Characterization and Simulation of Flow in Oil Reservoirs. In 1988 she returned to FEUP where she pursues her teaching and research career. From 2005 to 2010 she was part of the team that founded Fluidinova, SA, a spin-off company of LSRE-LCM. In January 2013, she assumed the direction and scientific coordination of LSRE-LCM.