Sofia Guerra has a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science (1989–1994) and a PhD in Mathematics (1999), both from Lisbon Institute of Technology, Portugal, and a BA in Music (1990). Prior to joining Adelard, she was a Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science, University College London, where she was working on Requirements Engineering as part of the RENOIR network of excellence.
Since joining Adelard in 2000, Sofia Guerra has been project manager of numerous projects funded by the UK and Swedish nuclear industry, both regarding the safety assessment and reliability estimation of software systems and in particular the assessment of smart sensor software. She is currently leading a significant project to update the British Energy C&I Guidelines and she leads the teams undertaking a variety of smart sensor software assessments. These projects require a deep understanding of the IEC safety and nuclear standards as well as of the UK nuclear regulatory framework.
She has worked in a European project concerning the cost–effective modernisation of nuclear power installations, where she was responsible for developing its requirements engineering approach. She has working on a project for CESG on the deployment of safety analysis techniques to justifying security of complex critical systems. She contributed to the development of software for Internet–based calibration of DC voltage and resistance standards, to the Health and Safety Executive research project on Incident Recording and Analysis, and to the European Space Agency project to provide recommendations for complementing ESA's current approaches and standards concerning Software Product Assurance. She worked for the FlexRay consortium to review its safety work, including its safety concept and safety requirements and make recommendations on its Safety Management System. She was part of the Independent Safety Advisor/Auditor team for several UK defence projects including Bowman. She is registered as a software expert with MHRA and regularly assesses the software component of medical devices.
Sofia Guerra is a Member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional. She was a committee member of the Requirements Engineering specialist group of the British Computer Society from 2002 to 2003. She is a Partner in Adelard and responsible for Adelard's Quality Assurance System.