Hélène Magoariec is a doctor-engineer in Solid Mechanics. She is Assistant Professor at École Centrale de Lyon. Passionate about mathematics and teaching methods, she became fascinated by mechanics and research during her graduate studies and found her vocation. She received her engineering degree from École Centrale de Marseille in 2000 and her PhD in Mechanics from the University of Aix-Marseille-II in 2003, in collaboration with the University of Aix-la-Chapelle. She joined École Centrale de Lyon and the Tribology and System Dynamics Laboratory (LTDS) in 2005. She heads the engineer//architect joint academic curriculum with École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Lyon (ENSAL), and is always on the lookout for educational innovations and very much involved in the life of her school. In June 2014, she was elected Head of the Solid and Structure Mechanics teaching unit. Her research activities are related to the micromechanics of heterogeneous media applied to different materials depending on her projects and collaborations: metal composites, granular media, semiconductors and, since 2010, biological tissues.