Elza M.M Fonseca is Professor at the Dep. of Mechanical Eng. of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal, where she has been since February 2018. From 1995 to January 2018 she served as Professor at the Dep. of Applied Mechanics of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança. She has a degree in Mechanical Eng. (1990), MSc degree in Mechanical Eng. (1998) and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Eng. from the Faculty of Eng. – University of Porto (2003). She is a permanent researcher at IDMEC, INEGI, which belongs to the LAETA (Associate Laboratory for Energy, Transport and Aeronautics). She is also an associate researcher at the CIDEM (Centre for Research and Development in Mechanical Eng.). Main research interests include solid mechanics, thermal, computational mechanics and biomechanics.