Dr. João Quinta da Fonseca completed his PhD on the the mechanical behaviour of high volume fraction MMCs at the University of Leeds, before moving to the School of Materials at the University of Manchester, where he is currently a Reader in (Mechanical) Metallurgy.
He is part of the Metallurgy and Corrosion research group and a member of the Centre for Light Alloy Research and Innovation (CLARI). He leads the Computational Modelling activity in the LightForm EPSRC programme grant and is deputy-director of the BIAM-Manchester UTC, where he leads the microstructural modelling activity.
Much of this research work is funded by industrial collaborators from the aerospace, energy and automotive sectors. Current industrial collaborators include Novelis, Constelium, Otto Fuchs, EdF, Rolls-Royce, Wood and Airbus.
At the University of Manchester, Dr Fonseca is Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Materials, where he also acts as coordinator of the Advanced Engineering Materials MSc course and is Metallurgy Academic Subject Lead.
Dr Fonseca chairs the IOM3 committee of advanced metal forming and is a member of the International scientific committee of ICOTOM, the international texture of materials conference. He also sits on the scientific advisory board of the materials engineering beamline of the Chinese Neutron Source.