Prof José Manuel Torralba has been appointed Director of IMDEA Materials Institute, one of the seven Madrid Institutes for Advanced Studies (IMDEA), by the Board of Trustees after an international open selection process was concluded. He succeeds Prof Ignacio Romero, who has been leading the Institute over the last four years.
Prof Torralba completed studies as a Metallurgical Engineer at the Technical University of Madrid –UPM and Armament and Materials Engineer at Escuela Politécnica Superior del Ejército, EPSE. He has also earned two PhD degrees: Dr. Eng. Metallurgy (UPM) and Dr. Eng. Armament (EPSE).
Torralba has been Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, vice-rector for Academics Infrastructures and vice-rector for Research and Innovation at MSE at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). As well as Deputy Director of Institute IMDEA Materials, Director-General for Universities and Research of Madrid Regional Government and Higher Artistic Arts Studies. He is currently a Professor of MSE at UC3M.
His main scientific-technical field of interest is Powder Metallurgy, especially powder development & characterisation and advanced consolidation methods (field-assisted sintering, Metal Injection Moulding, and Additive Manufacturing). Torralba focuses his research activity on the physical metallurgy of materials and microstructural development. He has published more than 500 scientific papers (200 peer-reviewed) and supervised twenty-eight PhD theses. He is editor in chief (co-editor) of Powder Metallurgy journal.