Maria Charalambides CEng, FIMechE, is Professor in Mechanics of Materials and Head of the Mechanics of Materials Research Division in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College London. She leads the Soft Solids Research group and is interested in material modelling and mechanical characterisation of soft polymeric solids, micromechanics models of particulate filled polymeric composites as well as cellular structures, experimental and numerical modelling of industrial food processes such as rolling, extrusion and cutting, and fracture and deformation in paint and adhesive coatings. Her work has been funded from EPSRC, BBSRC, Innovate UK, Mars, Nestlé, Mondelez and PepsiCo. She is a member of the IMechE’s Food and Drink Engineering Committee and is President elect of the British Society of Rheology. She has published over 100 papers and has received funding from industry (eg AWE, PepsiCo, Nestle, Mondelez) and RCUK.