Quintela, Peregrina


Peregrina Quintela

She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC, 1982), and PhDs from the Universidade Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, 1986), and later from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI, nowadays Sorbonne University, 1988). Her professional activity has been developed mainly in the USC where she is currently Full Professor of Applied Mathematics.

She is firmly convinced that the modernization of universities in the scientific field should happen through a close collaboration with industry. This is mutually beneficial, since the industry is thus strengthened by continuous innovation and higher competitiveness. With this aim, she has worked tirelessly in the transfer of mathematical knowledge, not only as a researcher, but also promoting the start-up of agglutinating infrastructures that facilitate this task. She has led the creation of the Spanish Network for Mathematics & Industry (math-in), of which she has been president since its founding in 2011; the start-up of the Technological Institute of Industrial Mathematics (ITMATI), of which she has been director since its creation in 2013; and she has actively participated in the foundation of the European Service Network of Mathematics for Industry and Innovation (EU-MATHS-IN), where she was firstly a member of its Council since its creation in 2013 and later of its Executive Board since 2015.

She is an expert in the field of mathematical modelling, mathematical analysis and numerical simulation of models from the field of Physics, Engineering and Applied Sciences. She has directed or participated in large-scale research projects related to organizations or companies such as ALCOA-INESPAL, Vasco-Gallega de Consignaciones-Kaleido, Detegasa, Lignitos de Meirama, SiderNaval or ArcelorMittal, among others. Her contributions to multiphysics challenges arising in numerous industrial applications, such as metal castings, aluminum electrolysis, blast furnaces for the production of steel, heat exchangers, design of safe packaging systems, bag filters, or water quality prediction in the recovery of mines, have resulted in doctoral theses, and numerous prestigious publications in the field of Industrial Mathematics.

In 2016 she was honored with the María Wonenburger Prize, conceded by the Galician Government.