CV Anna Serra Tort

Anna Serra is an emeritus professor at the UPC. She was a full professor of Applied Physics at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from July 1999 until August 2021, although her employment as a professor at the University began in 1974, at the Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB) and the Barcelona School of Civil Engineering (ETSECCPB). Her teaching duties have largely been carried out at the latter school, at which she has been actively involved in curricular implementation and development, both in syllabus design and in ad hoc committees. From 2010 to 2019 she also taught at the UPC’s School of Mathematics and Statistics (FME).

During her time at the University, she has had several management roles. She was the chair of the Teaching and Research Staff Recruitment and Assessment Committee (CSAPDIU) from 2008 to 2010, the secretary of the Department of Applied Mathematics III (1992-1998), the academic secretary of the Barcelona School of Civil Engineering (1984-1985) and the director of the Department of Physics at the same school (1981-1985).

From 2019 to 2021 she chaired the Science Assessment Committee of the University Quality Agency of the Balearic Islands (AQUIB) and, in 2010, the Mathematics and Physics Committee of the Spanish National Commission for Research Evaluation (CNEAI). She was also a member of the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya) from 2013 to 2017.

As a researcher, her research activity focuses on atomic-scale simulation of the behaviour of crystalline materials and, specifically, on plastic deformation and radiation damage in metals, alloys and semiconductor materials. Her scientific output is extensive: she has had over 120 articles published in top-level scientific journals in her field and has a high citation index. She has participated in 23 Catalan, Spanish and international competitive RDI projects, in most cases as the principal investigator. She has presented research work at numerous conferences.

She was an editor of Philosophical Magazine A: Materials Science (in the area of atomistic modelling), published by Taylor & Francis, in the United Kingdom (2014-2021). She is currently a member of its advisory board.

In 2009, Anna Serra was awarded the Government of Catalonia’s Narcís Monturiol Medal for her outstanding contribution to the scientific and technological progress of Catalonia.