Roberto Figueiredo, a mechanical engineer by training, graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He furthered his education at the same institution, earning a master’s degree in metallurgical and mining engineering. His pursuit of knowledge led him to the University of Southern California, USA, where he obtained a PhD in mechanical engineering and completed one of his two post-doctoral fellowships. His second post-doc was completed at the University of Southampton, also in the USA. As a researcher, Roberto draws inspiration from interdisciplinary collaboration and the scientific research of his peers in various fields. Outside of his professional life, he finds joy in cooking for his wife and young son. Since 2011, he has been sharing his knowledge and experience as a lecturer at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.