Joaquin Rams is Full Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Rey Juan Carlos University, where he is now head of department. He has published more than 90 research articles in JCR journals and directed more than 20 research projects. He has been twice visiting scholar at the Stanford University and has also made stays at the Sussex University. He is assessor of the Australian Research Council and Coordinator for Materials Science and Technology of the national evaluation agency. Currently he is involved in laser surface modification and in the development of coatings by thermal spray, HVOF, laser cladding and sol-gel coatings. He has focused the use of coatings in light alloys (Al, Mg and Ti) and also in polymer matrix composites. He is also involved in the structural health monitoring of composites.