OpenDesk Committee

OpenDesk Chair

Peregrina Quintela

Peregrina Quintela (1960) is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Santiago, specialized in mathematical modelling, mathematical analysis and numerical simulation of physics, engineering, and applied sciences models. She has led several research projects and contracts with companies dealing with areas as diverse as the simulation of thermo-mechanical deformation in aluminium casting; the simulation of multi-physical phenomena in blast furnaces for steel production; the thermal and mechanical simulation of heat exchangers; thermomechanical deformation of filter bag structures or the development of safe packaging systems to ship large stones.

Peregrina has been founder and president of EU-MATHS-IN Spanish node, math-in (Spanish Network for Mathematics & Industry) from 2011 to 2021 and of the PET MSO-ED (Spanish Technology Platform for Modelling, Simulation and Optimisation in a Digital Environment) from 2021 to 2023.

Peregrina was executive Board member of EU-MATHS-IN from 2015 to 2023, acting as Vice-President in the last two year of her term. In 2022 she was nominated Chair of the OpenDesk Committee.

OpenDesk Secretary

Manuel Cruz

Executive Board Member of EU-MATHS-IN.
General Assembly President of PT-MATHS-IN, Portugal.

Manuel Cruz (Portugal, 1974), holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Porto. Most of his work is related to Industrial Mathematics. Since 2007 he has participated, organized and promoted several European Study Groups with Industry (ESGI) held in Portugal. He managed several projects of technology transfer between mathematics and industry. He is coordinator of the Laboratório de Engenharia Matemática do Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (LEMA) since 2014.

In 2015 he was one of the promoters of the Portuguese Network of Mathematics for Industry and Innovation (PT-MATHS-IN) where he served as elected president from 2016 till 2020. Since 2019, he is an elected member of the executive board of EU-MATHS-IN. In 2022 he was nominated as member of the OpenDesk Executive Committee.

OpenDesk Member

Véronique Maume-Deschamps

Director of Institut Camille Jordan, Lyon France.
Former Director of AMIES (French national agency for industrial mathematics).

Director of Institut Camille Jordan, Lyon France.
Former Director of AMIES (French national agency for industrial mathematics).
OpenDesk Member

Antonino Sgalambro

Full Professor of Operational Research
Head of Analytics, Technology and Operations Department
Leeds University Business School

Antonino Sgalambro is Full Professor in Operational Research and Head of the Analytics, Technology and Operations Department at the Leeds University Business School.

His research deals with Optimisation and Decision Science methods applied to Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Locational Analysis.

He got his PhD in Operational Research from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He holds a track record of roles as an academic leader, scientist and teacher, including Head of Subject Group and Director of Research at the Sheffield University Management School, Prime Researcher at the National Research Council of Italy, and Visiting Researcher at the Montréal CIRRELT in Canada. Antonino has a long-standing commitment towards Technology and Knowledge Transfer through Open Innovation, and he is very active on international initiatives to foster the adoption of Applied Analytics in companies, organisations, SMEs.

OpenDesk Member

Alexander Scherrer

Deputy Head of Optimization in Life Sciences Department.
Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern. KoMSO, Germany.

Dr. Alexander Scherrer is deputy head of the department "Optimization in Life Sciences" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM). He studied mathematics at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, received his diploma in 2001 and his PhD in 2006. In 2006, he was a visiting scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. At the ITWM, Dr. Scherrer has worked on more than 30 mathematical research and development projects in industrial manufacturing, chemical engineering, and life sciences in 21 years with cooperation partners such as Siemens, Sanofi, Lonza, BASF, Bayer, and Evonik. For his work in radiotherapy, he was awarded the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft Prize for Collaborative Research in 2016 and the EARTO Innovation Award in 2019.
OpenDesk Member

Janusz Szwabiński

Coordinator of PL-MATHS-IN.
Polish Service Network for mathematics in Industry and Innovations, Poland.

Janusz Szwabiński (1974) is a Polish physicist based in Wrocław, Poland. He has a Diploma (1998) in theoretical physics from the University of Wrocław (Poland) and a Doctorate (2001) in natural sciences from the Saarland University, Sarbruecken, Germany. He is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology and the head of PL-MATHS-IN, the Polish Network for Mathematics in Industry. He worked on several industrial and research projects on application topics from life sciences and engineering. Since 2022, he is a member of the OpenDesk committee.

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