Dr. Eleonora Santecchia (PhD) is Assistant Professor in Metallurgy at the Marche Polytechnic University (UNIVPM) located in Ancona, Italy. Her current research activities are mainly focused on metal additive manufacturing and, in particular, on the laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) and direct energy deposition (DED) techniques. She received her Master Degree (cum laude) in Thermomechanical Engineering at the Marche Polytechnic University (Ancona, Italy) in 2010, and obtained her Ph.D. in Materials, Waters and Soils Engineering on March 2014 (Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy). She accomplished a two years postdoctorate fellowship at Qatar University in Doha (Qatar) working on the Project NPRP 5-423-2-167 “Advanced ultra-hard nanostructured coatings for innovative applications in mechanical and chemical industries”. From 2016 to 2019 she worked as an INSTM Postdoctoral Researcher at the Marche Polytechnic University (Ancona), within the European Project DREAM H2020 “Driving up Reliability and Efficiency of Additive Manufacturing”. She is experienced in microstructural characterization by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction techniques. Furthermore, Dr. Santecchia is an enthusiastic additive manufacturing researcher, with a particular passion for laser-based 3D printing techniques.