Elsa Henriques holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon. She is an associate professor at Instituto Superior Técnico in the scientific area of mechanical technologies and industrial management and since 2019 she is a member of the executive board of Luso American Foundation for Development.
She is the author of more than 100 scientific papers published in indexed journals in the area of manufacturing. Since 1991, she has been responsible for different curricular units in undergraduate and graduate programs and has supervised numerous master's and doctoral theses in close collaboration with national and international industry. She has been involved in the MIT Portugal initiative, participating in the elaboration of the doctoral program "Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing", of which she was coordinator. She has participated and/or coordinated several research and development projects, with national and European funding, always in interaction with industry. She was a national delegate in the 6th and 7th Framework Program of the European Commission.