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Prof. Pilar Ariza

Pilar Ariza © SpringerEditorial Board Member, International Journal of Fracture.

Professor at the University of Seville, Spain.

Tell us about your background: 

I hold a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Seville in Spain. I was awarded an Erasmus grant to do part of the B.S. at the University of Sheffield, UK. I was awarded a Ph.D. grant by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology to do my Ph.D. at the Technical School of Engineering, University of Seville, and my Ph.D thesis focused on fracture mechanics of transversely isotropic materials using the boundary element method. I worked at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT) as a postdoctoral scholar and later as a visiting associate in aeronautics. At Caltech, I started working on nanomechanics and multiscale modeling using discrete models and diffusive molecular dynamics.

In 2005, I joined the faculty of the University of Seville as an Associate Professor and was appointed as Visiting Associate in Aerospace in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology. Currently, I am Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Seville and maintain my appointment at Caltech. I am the Spanish representative in the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), member of the IUTAM Congress Committee, and President of the Spanish Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Society (STAMS).

Why did you become an engineer? 

One could say that it was just coincidental, but I am convinced that when you are really passionate about what you do in life, there might be some reasons you were not fully aware of at the time you initiate your professional journey. As a child I always was very inquisitive and enjoyed using mathematics and physics to solve problems. When I was 15, my math teacher encouraged me to study Engineering, and together with my curiosity for finding the correct answers to the questions I found in my daily life, solidified my commitment to pursue a career in Engineering.

What advice would you give to young women interested in science and engineering? 

My father always told me: “you can be whatever you want to be, you simply must work hard and persevere”. This will be my advice to every young person who is considering becoming an engineer: follow your dreams, keep going and try not to be an obstacle for yourself.


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The International Journal of Fracture is an outlet for original analytical, numerical and experimental contributions which provide improved understanding of the mechanisms of micro and macro fracture in all materials, and their engineering implications.
The journal presents papers from engineers and scientists working in various aspects of fracture, as well as occasional review papers in these as well as other areas. Innovative and in-depth engineering applications of fracture theory are also encouraged.

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