Nuria Salán Ballesteros
Women in STEAM mentor
Chemist, metallurgic engineer and teacher at UPF. President of the Catalan Society of Technology
“If technology is the future, and women also build the future, technological progress cannot be considered without women.”
Nuria Salán Ballesteros believes in the importance of combining art and technology and she has also campaigned for the recognition of women in STEAM. With a degree in Chemical Sciences (Metallurgy) and a PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, she is a professor and deputy director of Institutional and Student Promotion at ESEIAAT (Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeries Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual of Terrassa, UPC-Terrassa). Her research activity has been carried out in three main areas: metallic materials, teaching innovation and the vindication of women in engineering. She has been Academic Coordinator of the RIMA project (Research and Innovation in Learning Methodologies) at the UPC. She is currently leading the “Ingenuity (in)visible” project, which includes conferences, traveling exhibitions and a weekly television programme, which raises awareness of the achievements and careers of female inventors so that they can be references for the younger generations. She has received various awards and recognitions, including from the UPC Social Council for her 30 years of teaching. Since 2016 she has chaired the Catalan Society of Technology and since 2020 she has been the Patron of FundacióEsplai.