Claudia Gutiérrez Wing earned a BSc degree in industrial chemistry from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), receiving the UABC Academic Merit Recognition. She obtained a MSc degree in materials science, graduating with honors from the School of Sciences, and a PhD degree 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 a researcher 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. Also, she is Manager of Environmental Sciences at ININ. 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 is a member of the National Researchers System of the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (SNI-CONACyT, México).
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, as vice president from 2013 to 2016 and president in 2017-2018. As a member of the SMM Board, Claudia worked on the launching of the SMM Students’ Chapters program. From 2017 to 2019, she served as member of the MRS Board of Directors.
Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, adequately coupled to sustainability goals, are key to addressing some of the world´s challenges to improve our quality of life, which emerge in the face of current global changes and that will affect future generations. To successfully meet these challenges, it is important to strengthen and promote interdisciplinary research and networking within the diversity of community members with interests in Materials Science and Engineering.
Among the strategies to achieve its goals, over the years the MRS has made significant efforts to provide channels for the communication and exchange of ideas in materials science and engineering, as its important international meetings and publications. A valuable characteristic of the MRS is its cooperative work among members, volunteers, and staff, which has allowed the Society to evolve while maintaining its reliability and relevance to our scientific community. Great responsibility lies on the MRS Board, which is tasked with making the appropriate decisions to carry on the Mission of the MRS, while addressing the challenges to accomplish its goals, in a dynamic horizon in the field of materials research and technology.
I believe that the MRS must continue facilitating and innovating appropriate spaces and mechanisms to foster communication between members of the materials scientific community worldwide, and to address topics that will allow the advancement of Materials Research, for example, i) through the creation of novel forums for discussion and presentations among researchers, students, industry, and the public sector; and ii) publications targeting different levels of knowledge on the field, from general knowledge on materials science and technology to specialized research that disseminates findings from state-of-the-art work, increasing its accessibility. Also, the MRS must actively consider the communication skills and the inclusion of new generations of students in the pursuit of its mission, as it has been done with numerous programs within the MRS professional development portfolio of activities, and others that can reinforce their integration to the professional Materials Science and Engineering Community. I also believe that the MRS should continue working in new and existing programs aimed at integrating an interdisciplinary network, which will contribute to a sustainable advancement of the field.