Peregrina Quintela is BSc Mathematical Sciences by the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in 1982. She has a PhD in Mathematical Sciences by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid, Spain) in 1986 and is Docteur de l'Université de Paris VI in Mathematics (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France) since 1988. Currently, Peregrina Quintela is Full Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Santiago de Compostela, specialized in mathematical modelling, mathematical analysis, and the numerical simulation of models arising from the fields of Physics, Engineering or Applied Sciences.Throughout her career she has combined teaching, research and management duties.
In the field of mathematical modelling, she has mainly focused her research on solid thermo-mechanics; laws of linear and nonlinear behaviour (Hooke, Norton Hoff, anisotropy); linear and non-linear boundary conditions (mixed conditions, contact conditions with or without friction); heat transfer phenomena and their coupling with mechanical ones; and cracks analysis and its detection by Rayleigh waves.
In these research fields, she has led or participated in several research projects and contracts with companies dealing with: the simulation of thermo-mechanical deformation in cooling metal casting aluminium (ALCOA-INESPAL); the development of safe packaging systems to ship large stones (VascoGallega de Consignaciones-Kaleido); thermal and mechanical simulation of a heat exchanger (DETEGASA) and thermomechanical deformation of a filter bag structure (SiderNaval). Due to her interest in science transfer she has also been involved in modelling thermoelectric phenomena with phase change arising in the process of electrolysis of aluminium; the thermo-hydrodynamic phenomena to predict the water quality of a lake in an open-cast mine (Lignitos de Meirama); heat transfer coupled to a damage model to assess burns by airbags (Dalphi Metal); optimization of the cut of granite blocks to satisfy an order (Granitos Montefaro) and the training of technicians in the field of business.
Her broad interest in research and transference has proved valuable to be up-to-date with her research, and publishing in scientific journals about several topics in which Mathematics are an essential tool.
Her commitment to transfer and the need to promote the great potential of Mathematics in relation to industry has allowed her to devote the majority of her effort, in recent years, to management. She has been the coordinator of the CESGA Node of the i-MATH project from 2006-2012 and the coordinator of the Consulting Platform of the former project from 2009 to 2012. Currently, she is the President of the Spanish Network for Mathematics and Industry (math-in, 2011-), the Director of the Technological Institute for Industrial Mathematics(ITMATI, 2013-) and the representative of the Spanish node math-in in the European Service Network of Mathematics for Industry and Innovation (EU-MATHS-IN, 2013-).