Rocío has over 20 years of experience working in the fields of non-metallic and metallic materials testing in the aerospace, defence, and renewable sectors.


Rocío has held a variety of management and technical leadership positions while keeping a marked practical approach. She has focused on the more complex aspects of mechanical testing on non-metallic materials and helped clients develop testing programs to determine the suitability of their products.

As Technical Director of the Materials Testing Department at Element Sevilla, she has led the laboratory through the most demanding technical and quality qualifications (Nadcap NMMT, MMT, ISO 17025, and ISO 9100), as well as customer-specific accreditations (AIRBUS, EMBRAER, and BOEING among others). 

Additionally, Rocío has contributed to developing and launching a robust internal LIMS system to manage the laboratory's production (testing and reporting).

Career Highlights

  • Contribution to the definition, development, and execution of First Part Qualification Tests (FPQ) for Aerospace programs
  • Investigation on Damage tolerance: Tensile/Compression After Impact CAI & Compression after Impact Edge (CIE) tests  
  • Composite Bearing Supported and unsupported tests
  • Development of Equivalency Test Plans (Level 0) for new production plants/programs
  • Study of Shimming effect under static and fatigue loading on bolted joints and special configurations
  • Study of Bolt Shear and Tension interaction on composite bolted joints
  • Tests on Repaired Panels under Shear loads
  • Qualification Test Plan
  • Shielded overbraiding of electrical harnesses.
  • Verification and control of crimping tools
  • Incoming Inspection and Control Process Tests on non-metallic materials


  • Advanced Materials: Composites, plastics, polymers, and adhesives
  • Mechanical and Physical Characterization of metallic and non-metallic materials
  • Fracture Mechanics 
  • Fatigue and Fatigue Crack Growth
  • Damage tolerance tests

Professional Qualifications 

  • Degree in Industrial Technologies Engineering with a specialization of Mechanical Engineering (University of Seville)
  • Masters in Aeronautical Industry Technologies and Management. 
  • During more than ten years she has been working as a Professor at the Higher Technical School of Engineering (University of Seville) in the Department of Mechanics of Continuous Media and Theory of Structures. Over this period, she was an active member of the Investigation group TEP131 (Elasticity and Strength of Materials)

Sector Expertise 

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