Monica Ferraris is a Full Professor of Science and Technology of Materials at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. She received a Master’s Degree in Solid State Chemistry at the University of Torino, Italy, in 1985 and started her career as Junior Research Scientist with the Italian Telecom Research Laboratory in October 1985. Ferraris later joined Fiat Research Centre (1991) and Politecnico di Torino (1992) as a research Scientist and Lecturer at the Materials Science and Technology, where she is Full Professor since 2005.
Ferraris has over 200 hundred peer-reviewed journal publications and 14 patents on ceramics and composites. Her main research activity is on glasses, glass ceramics and composites for joining and coating. She started the research on glasses and glass-ceramics at Politecnico di Torino in the nineties.
Ferraris is Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, Member of the Board of Directors of the American Ceramic Society, Vice-Chair of the General Assembly, the Governing Council and Co-coordinator of Work Group Materials for Energy in KMM-VIN, a EU institute gathering more than 60 companies and research centers active in materials science and technology.
She acted as Project Coordinator or Principal Investigator of 27 National and EU projects on ceramics, glasses and composite, from 1992 to present: among them, 17 are EU projects, 8 of them as Project Coordinator.
Ferraris is an ACerS member since 1995 and affiliated with the Engineering Ceramics Division, Associate Editor (2014-) and co-Editor in Chief (2015-) of ACerS’s International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, Chair of the Italy Chapter of the American Ceramic Society, 2017; she has been awarded with the Global Star Award, from The American Ceramic Society (2011) and she is a Global Ambassador of The American Ceramic Society (since 2016).
She has served as a Member of International Committee of the ACerS’s Engineering Ceramics Division (ECD) (2009-2011), as Member (2013-2016) and Chair (2015-2016) of ACerS’s John Jeppson Award Committee and as Member of ACerS’s Meeting Committee (since 2016).
Her current main area of activity is on joining and mechanical testing of ceramics and CMC for energy production and saving, including fuel cells, renewable, nuclear fission and fusion energy applications.