José Lourenço da Saúde is Major-General Aeronautical Engineer of the Portuguese Air Force and invited full professor at the University of Beira Interior, Portugal, where he has been giving lectures in the subject of aircraft maintenance and manufacturing.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the aeronautical sector, with positions at OGMA Aeronautical Industry of Portugal where he hold several engineering positions as head of manufacturing, aircraft project and aero-engines. Later he was director of civil aviation (A320, BA146 and ERJ 145) and director of logistics.
At the Air Force in addition of being maintenance fleet manager he was director of Engineering and Director of Airworthiness of Weapons Systems.
He has also been Director of Quality in the private sector, in particular in Civil Aviation Pilot School and in Regional Aircraft Company.
Presently he is national coordinator of the aeronautical branch of the Portuguese Association of Chartered Engineers and assisting the Portuguese Air Force and the Military National Airworthiness Authority in developing specific regulation and standards.