Emilio works as Research Fellow at the Cambridge Micromechanics Centre, led by Profs Norman Fleck and Vikram Deshpande. Before, he was an H.C. Ørsted Fellow at the Technical University of Denmark. Emilio holds a five-year BEng & MEng degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oviedo, and an MSc degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Granada. In 2013, he received a pre-doctoral Fellowship from the University of Oviedo and started a PhD programme that took him to the universities of Luxembourg, Cambridge, California Santa Barbara and the Technical University of Denmark. He defended his PhD Thesis in June 2016 and achieved the highest grade (summa cum laude).
Emilio's work in the mechanics of engineering materials has been recognized through numerous awards. Among others, he received the Extraordinary Doctoral Prize & Best PhD Thesis in Engineering prize from the University of Oviedo, the Springer PhD Thesis prize, and the Acta Materialia Student Award. In 2018 he was awarded one of the prestigious 1851 Research Fellowships by the Royal Commission for the 1851 Exhibition. His application was distinguished with the Brunel award for "the highest placed candidate who has proposed a project to be pursued in an academic engineering environment".