Eduardo Alarcón Tarquino is a PhD student at the ENIB and the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He is part of a project that aims to strengthen the academic bonds between the institutions and his actual research is focused on the study of the mechanical fatigue of medical graded Nitinol wires, more specifically, the development of a fast characterization method of the High Cycle Fatigue of NiTinol wires.
How did you hear about the HSTMAs and which was your experience?
The first time I heard about HTSMA congress was about three months before it took place. It was Petr Sittner, the head of my department at the Institute of Physics, who told me about it. He was invited to give a talk at the conference and kindly extended the invitation to some of the people of our work group. HTSMA was the first international congress I attended as a PhD student and I can say that I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. I liked very much the place and its surroundings (the mountains and all the nature around were fantastic). Regarding the activities, the last dinner at the typical German restaurant was very nice and allowed me to know interesting people who actually gave me some ideas to put into practice in my research.
At the HTSMA you won the first prize at the Poster presentation contest. Which is the impact of this prize on your career and what was your presentation about?
I presented the identification of deformation mechanisms in NiTinol wires by tracking the temperature of concave shaped samples using a fast Infrared Camera. This is the previous stage of the fast characterization of fatigue life of Nitinol based on the analysis of their thermal response under mechanical cyclic loading.
Winning a prize in my first international congress was very gratifying. It will surely have a positive impact on my research career. I expect that in future congress people who already know my work will be able to contribute with new ideas to pursue my investigations.
What are your plans for the future?
My main goal now is to defend my thesis at the end of 2016. Afterwards, I would like to be part of a research program dealing with biomedical materials if it is possible. My best chances are maybe in France and Czech Republic, but if would find an interesting project in Germany I would be glad to be part of it.
Do you have any message for students interested in pursuing a career in Europe? How was the process when you decided to come here?
Studying in Europe is a great opportunity to expand your academic knowledge. If you have the chance to come, don’t hesitate to take it. As for me, I came to Europe in September 2011, being part of an exchange program between the National University of Colombia (UNAL) and the Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Brest (ENIB). I was mainly motivated by the learning of a new language and the interaction with a new culture and education system. I studied Mechatronics engineering for four years at UNAL and one year at ENIB. Then I switched to material’s science when I started a master in the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA-Bretagne). After graduation I became a PhD student of the ENIB and the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
The 1st Conference on High Temperature Shape Memory Alloys was held May 5-8, 2015 in Wildbad Kreuth, Germany addressed different aspects of alloy development, processing, characterization, testing, functional as well as structural degradation, modelling and last but not least applications of high temperature shape memory alloys. The HTSMA 2015 conference not only provided a forum to present the latest results in this rapidly evolving area, but also provided for ample time to discuss and exchange ideas in this fascinating scientific field.