Miguel Bessa is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the Delft University of Technology. He is the Director of an inter-faculty Artificial Intelligence lab called MACHINA, dedicated to machine intelligence advances for materials design. He is also the recipient of a Veni personal grant (2019). Prior to coming to the Netherlands, he was a postdoctoral scholar in Aerospace at the California Institute of Technology, and he received his PhD (2016) in Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University as a Fulbright scholar. He envisions a new era of design of materials and structures through artificial intelligence.