Valentina Casalegno is assistant professor of Materials Science and Technology at Politecnico di Torino (Italy).  After completing her PhD in Materials Science and Technology in 2006, her research activity has been mostly dedicated to design, fabrication and characterization of joining materials and joints for advanced ceramic composites and ceramic/metal components. She is also working on developing, characterization and testing of materials (“custom” glasses, glass- ceramics and their composites, in the form of bulk-, joining-, coating-, porous- , thin films- and fiber-materials) for extreme applications and energy production (aerospace, automotive and nuclear application). Casalegno is part of a team that aims at fostering high level research in Materials Science and Engineering through the participation to several projects and the cooperation with the most qualified international research centers and companies.