Claudia Gutiérrez Wing earned a B. Sc. degree in industrial chemistry from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), receiving the UABC Academic Merit Recognition. She obtained a M. Sc. in materials science, graduating with honors from the School of Sciences, and a Ph. D. in chemical sciences from the School of Chemistry, both from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She then joined the University of Texas at Austin as a postdoctoral researcher, where she worked in nanoscience projects.
She is currently a researcher in the Department of Materials Technology at the Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (ININ, National Institute for Nuclear Research) in México, where she founded a laboratory for the synthesis of nanomaterials in 1996. Her research is focused on the synthesis, characterization and applications of nanomaterials. Of particular interest is the work of her laboratory on the design of metallic nanoparticles and self-assembling processes, metallic nanowires and nanocomposites for different applications under conventional and radiation exposed environments. She has supervised technical, undergraduate and graduate theses and dissertations. Dr. Gutiérrez-Wing is a member of the National Researchers System of the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (SNI-CONACyT).
As a member of the Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales (SMM) since 2003, she participated in the local organizing committee in several editions of the International Materials Research Congress (IMRC). In recent years, the IMRC has been organized jointly with the Materials Research Society (MRS). She was one of the four Congress Chairs for this annual conference in 2013, organizer of several nanostructured materials and nanotechnology symposia at IMRC and is a member of the editor’s team of different volumes of the MRS proceedings from this symposium. She served as the treasurer of the SMM from 2011 to 2012, and as vice-president from 2013 to 2016. As a member of the SMM Board, Claudia worked on the launching of the SMM Students’ Chapters program and now is aiming to make it joint SMM-MRS Students’ Chapters.
Materials science and engineering play a crucial role in the development of a global society. I believe that materials scientific and technological advancements in balance with world sustainability are of great importance to face the challenges of today’s world and improve life quality. To address these challenges, it is important to combine multidisciplinary research and networking across frontiers, so as to facilitate an agile and enriched advancement of knowledge.
Over the years, MRS has made significant efforts to provide the appropriate spaces and facilitate the communications and exchange of ideas in basic and applied materials science. The different programs run by MRS have made possible the participation and integration of several sectors with an interest in materials science and engineering, allowing the diffusion of forefront information in this area while promoting the interaction of people from different countries and social sectors including industry, academics, scientists and students.
On the other hand, the participation and support of new generations of students is a crucial activity that requires the continued and enthusiastic attention of the MRS. I believe that the activities contemplated in the graduate and undergraduate MRS’s programs complement the students’ academic development, giving them tools and supporting the formation of professionals with more skills and their integration in a well-developed network within the international materials science and engineering community.
I am pleased to be a candidate to the MRS Board of Directors. I will be happy to contribute in new and continued programs and directions aimed at integrating the materials science and engineering community, in the construction of a worldwide network that will support a sustainable advancement of this field.