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Engineer Mechanical

Caracas, Dto. Capital, Venezuela
May 30, 2018

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Materials Science Engineer, Ph.D.

Kelly Alvarez

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Ph.D. level Metallurgical and Materials Science Engineer with more than 8 years’ experience in metallic and ceramic biomaterials. Strong knowledge of surface modification of dental implants for strong tooth fixation and familiar with modern medical devices and prostheses. Five years’ experience in manufacturing environment with steel products and non-ferrous alloys. Well-developed understanding of manufacturing processes, materials testing and troubleshooting. Expertise also in Environmental Science (4 years), specifically in groundwater purification. Strong communication and team collaboration skills. Managed technicians and teaching assistants. Instructed undergraduate students. Collaborated with colleagues to produce peer-reviewed publications, international conference presentations, and successful competitive grant proposals. Ensures work performed by assigned resources is on schedule and within the budget. Self-started with good organizational skills.


Metallic and Ceramic Biomaterials, Cell Biology, Mammalian Cell Culture, Bacterial Culture, Porous Metals, Shape Memory Alloys, Sinterization and Ceramic Processing, Stainless Steels, High Nitrogen Steels, Mechanical Testing, Heat Treating Processes of Steel, Metallurgical Coatings, Thin Films, Corrosion Testing and Prevention, Plastic Processing.


2017/5 – Present: Associate Researcher in Venezuelan Scientific Institute of Research (IVIC), Venezuela.

-I am a member of the Materials Design Laboratory, we are working on the development of new abrasives antibacterial metal oxides for biomedical applications.

2015/10 – 2017/5: Senior Engineer in Quality Control, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki, Japan.

-I worked using the non destructives analysis techniques in combination with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 rules, inspecting the metallurgical designs of a cruise ship called AIDA.

2014/4 – 2015/10: Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University, Japan

-I was working with a research group interested in the model of C,N, and S isotopic evolutional patterns under different redox scenarios. The model will be useful in obtaining a comprehensive understanding to distinguish between heterotrophic and autotrophic denitrification.

2012/11 – 2013/6: Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University, Japan

-I researched about the use of 13C, 15N, and 34S tracers to study anaerobic bacterial processes in groundwater flow systems.

2011/7 – 2012/7 Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kumamoto University, Japan

-Professor of the subject “Materials Science I” and chief of the Biomaterials Laboratory.

-I analyzed and solved complex materials related problems through research, laboratory testing, and systematic investigation techniques.

2008/5 – 2009/9: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Geo-Environmental Science, Graduate School of Engineering and Resource Science, Akita University, Japan

-I investigated about surface modification and characterization of Ti alloys, mechanical properties of Ti dental implants and antibacterial properties of ceramic powders. My research resulted in 5 publications published in peer-reviewed journals.

1999/5 – 2002/9 Manufacturing Process Engineer, SIDETUR Ltd. Venezuela

-I had the overall responsibility for control systems and quality in the heat treatment area as well as for material control and analysis in the Materials Lab. I also work in the division of steel making process improvements and product development changing the thermal process parameters to improve the final product performance.

1998/6 – 1999/4: Plant Metallurgist, SIDOR Ltd. Venezuela

-I monitored quality standards in manufacturing and finishing of roll products and worked in the R&D division in metallurgical testing of new roll products.

1992/6 – 1993/3: Metallurgical Technician, Fundición Pacífico Ltd. Venezuela

-Performed product failure analysis on field failures and product failing during manufacturing or failing in the R&D Lab.


Ph.D., Engineering, Osaka University, JAPAN. March, 2008

Doctoral Dissertation: Fabrication and Characterization of Lotus-type Porous Ni-free Stainless Steels for Biomedical Applications (Advisor: Professor Hideo Nakajima, The Institue of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University)

M.S.E., Materials Science and Engineering, Tsukuba University, JAPAN. March, 2005

Master Thesis: Effect of Alloying Elements on Microstructure, Martensitic Transformation and Mechanical Properties of Ni-Mn based Alloys (Advisor: Professor Shu-chi Miyazaki, Tsukuba University)

M.S., Materials Science, Simón Bolívar University, VENEZUELA. May, 2002

Master Thesis: AlN Powders Sinterization by Low Pressure and High Temperature Method and by Pulsed Electric Current Method (Advisor: Professor Joaquin Lira-Olivares, Simón Bolívar University)

B.S., Metallurgy and Materials Science, Central University of Venezuela, January 2000

Honor s Thesis Research conducted by Dr. Sonia Camero: Physical and mechanical evaluation of Acropora palmate coralline species for bone substitution applications.


Publications in Refereed Journals

● T Hosono, K Alvarez, M Kuwae (2016) Lead isotope ratios in six lakes sediment cores from Japan Archipelago: Historical record of transboundary pollution sources Science of the Total Environment 559: 24-37.

● T Hosono, K Alvarez, IT Lin, J Shimada (2015) Nitrogen, carbon, and sulfur isotopic change during heterotrophic (Pseudomonas aureofaciens) and autotrophic (Thiobacillus denitrificans) denitrification reactions Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 183:72-81.

● T Hosono, IT Lin, K Alvarez, S Morimura, XY Zeng, K Mori, Y Tawara (2015) Research trend and direction for groundwater nitrate pollution study: an insight from Kumamoto area Journal of Groundwater Hydrology 57, 439-465.

● S Fujimoto, H Nakajima, M Fuseya, K Alvarez, S -K Hyun (2014) Corrosion behavior and bio-compatibility of lotus type porous stainless steels Corrosion Engineering 63:365-370.

● O Yamamoto, K Alvarez, Y Kashiwaya, M Fukuda (2011) Significant effect of a carbon layer coating on interfacial bond strength between bone and Ti implant Carbon 49: 5. 1588-1598

● O Yamamoto, K Alvarez, Y Kashiwaya, M Fukuda (2011) Surface characterization and biological response of carbon-coated oxygen-diffused titanium having different topographical surfaces J. Mater. Sci. Mater. Med. 22(4): 977-987.

● K Alvarez, M Fukuda, O Yamamoto (2010) Titanium implants after alkali heating treatment with a [Zn(OH)4]2 complex: analysis of interfacial bond strength using push-out tests Clin. Impl. Dent. Rel. Res. 12 Suppl. 1: e114-e125.

● O Yamamoto, T Ohira, K Alvarez, M Fukuda (2010) Characteristics of CaCO3-MgO composites Mater. Sci. Eng. B 173: 208-212.

● K Alvarez, N Nakajima (2009) Metallic scaffolds for bone regeneration Materials 2(3): 790-832.

● K Alvarez, H Y Kim, S Miyazaki (2009) Effect of alloying elements on microstructure, martensitic transformation and mechanical properties of Ni-Mn based alloys J. Mater. Sci. Technol. 25(5): 649-654.

● O Yamamoto, K Alvarez, T Kikuchi, M Fukuda (2009) Fabrication and characterization of oxygen-diffused titanium for biomedical applications Acta Biomater. 5(9): 3605-3615.

● T Ohira, M Kawamura, M Fukuda, K Alvarez, B Özkal, O Yamamoto (2009) Extension of the optical absorption range in Zn-doped MgO powders and its effect on antibacterial activity J. Mater. Eng. Perform. 19(3): 274-279.

● K Alvarez, S K Hyun, T Nakano, Y Umakoshi, H Nakajima (2009) In vivo osteocompatibility of Lotus-type porous nickel-free stainless steels in rats Mater. Sci. Eng. C 29: 1182-90.

● K Alvarez, S K Hyun, S Fujimoto, H Nakajima (2008) In vitro corrosion resistance of Lotus-type porous Ni-free stainless steels J. Mater. Sci. Mater. Med. 19 (11): 3385-3397.

● K Alvarez, S K Hyun, H Tsuchiya, S Fujimoto, H Nakajima (2008) Corrosion behaviour of Lotus-type porous high nitrogen nickel-free stainless steels Corros. Sci. 50:186-193.

● K Alvarez, K Sato, S K Hyun, H Nakajima (2008) Fabrication and properties of Lotus-type porous nickel-free stainless steel for biomedical applications Mater. Sci. Eng. C 28: 44-50.

● K Alvarez, S K Hyun, H Nakajima, S Fujimoto (2007) Electrochemical Behavior of High Nitrogen Ni-free and Ni-reduced Austenitic Stainless Steels in L929 cells and Cell Culture Medium ECS Transactions 6 (15): 13-19.

● K Alvarez, S K Hyun, H Nakajima (2007) Lotus-Type Porous Nickel-Free Stainless Steel with High Temperature Nitriding Adv. Mater. Res. 15-17: 756-761.

● K Alvarez, S Camero, M E Alarcon, A Rivas, G Gonzalez (2002) Physical and mechanical evaluation of Acropora palmate coralline species for bone substitution applications J. Mater. Sci. Mater Med. 13: 509-515.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

● K Alvarez, Y Kashiwaya, O Yamamoto, M Fukuda (2009) In vitro and in vivo Characterization of Oxygen-infused Titanium In: Proceedings of the 47th Basic Symposium on Basic Science of Ceramics, Edited by:Ceramic Society of Japan. 132-133.

● K Alvarez, H Nakajima (2008) Lotus-type Porous Ni-free Stainless Steel Biomaterial Produced by Continuous Zone Melting Technique In: Proceedings of the International Symposium Cellular Metals for Structural and Functional Applications (CellMet 2008) Edited by:CellMet, Dresden, Germany. 301-306

● K Alvarez, S K Hyun, H Nakajima, T Nakano, Y Umakoshi (2007) Histomorphometric and Mechanical Analysis of Lotus-type Porous Ni-free Stainless Steels in a Rat Model In: Proceedings of 1st Asian Biomaterials Congress Edited by:Biomaterials Society of Japan. 50.

● K Alvarez, C Ishizaki, K Ishizaki (2001) Analysis of Commercial AlN Powders by Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform (DRIFT) Spectroscopy In: Annual Meeting of the Ceramic Society of Japan, 2001 Edited by:Japanese Ceramic Asociation. Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan 315.


Member of American Electrochemical Society, Japanese Society for Biomaterials and Japan Society of New Metals.

Steering Committee Member, NSF Biomaterials Workshop, June 2012.

Symposium Organizer “Structure-function relationships in biomaterials and bio-mimetic systems”, Spring MRS Meeting, Apr. 2009

Reviewer of the Elsevier Journal: Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for biological applications during the period of two years 2009-2011.


Outstanding Student Scholarship during, Central University of Venezuela, 1995-2000

Ministry of Education of Japan Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies, 2002-2008.

Graduate Student Travel Award ($2000), Osaka University, 2010.


Venezuelan citizen

Gender: Female, 2 childrens

Languages: Spanish (native), English (fluent), Japanese (fluent)

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