Natalia Sobczak is Professor and Head of the Department of Metallurgical Processes at the Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Sciences of Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow and Professor at the Lukasiewicz Institute of Precision Mechanics in Warsaw. She obtained her degrees in materials science (PhD degree at the Sankt Petersburg Technical University, Russia in 1994 and Habilitation at the Polish Academy of Sciences in 2005). Nominated as Titular Professor by the President of the Republic of Poland in 2010. Research fellow at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, USA (1984-1985) and visiting professor at Osaka University, Japan (2000-2001).
Prof. N. Sobczak is associated editor of Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, Chairperson of Cast Metal Matrix Composites Working Group at the World Foundry Organization (since 2001) and the Member of Int. Scientific Committees on High Temperature Capillarity (since 1994) and Subsecond Thermophysics (since 2013). She has a world renowned reputation in high-temperature liquid state materials science with special attention to investigation of high-temperature phenomena in liquid-assisted processes (metal casting, joining, additive manufacturing, synthesis of metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites). Among others she has established the Centre for High Temperature Studies at the Foundry Research Institute in Krakow, Poland. Her research contributions include over 400 publications, 80 national and international projects (e.g. financed by European Space Agency, European Commission, United Nations Organization, Japan Society for Promotion Science, U.S.-Poland Maria Sklodowska-Curie Joint Fund), 18 patents and several prestigious national and international awards (e.g. Gold Cross of Merit by the President of Poland, Gold Medals BRUSSELS EUREKA at the Belgian and Int. Trade Fair for Technological Innovations; Silver Medal at Int. Exhibition of Inventions, Geneva-Palexpo; 1st Prize Award by the Ministry of Industry of Poland in the category “The Polish Product of the Future”; 1st Prize Award at Kaohsiung Int. Invention and Design EXPO, Taiwan; FOSECO Golden Cup Award for the best paper; the Best Paper Award from American Ceramic Society).