Daniel Crespo Artiaga has been a professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) since 1987 and a full professor of Physics since 2010. From the age of 14 to 25, he studied and worked in the private sector. He has an undergraduate degree (University of Barcelona, 1984) and a doctoral degree (UPC, 1994) in Physics.
His main line of research is the study of the mechanical properties and the physical (relaxation and crystallisation processes) and chemical (corrosion resistance) stability of amorphous metals. He has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals and supervised 10 doctoral theses. Since 1998 he has been the principal investigator in a series of projects funded by Spain's National Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation, an ERA-Net project of the European Union and several technology transfer projects.
He has taught physics at the Barcelona School of Civil Engineering (ETSECCPB), physics and thermodynamics at the Castelldefels School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering (EETAC), solid-state physics at the Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB) and physics at the Barcelona East School of Engineering (EEBE).
He was the coordinator of the doctoral programme in Aerospace Science and Technology, the assistant director of the Department of Applied Physics and twice the assistant director of the EETAC. From 2011 to 2015 he was the director of the Department of Applied Physics, during which time he participated in the introduction of the bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics. In conjunction with the professor Jordi José, he managed the joining of two departments that led to the current Department of Physics, of which he was the director from 2016 to 2019. During this time, he promoted the creation of the master's degree in Engineering Physics. From 2019 to 2021 he was the chair of the UPC's Teaching and Research Staff Board. He has been the rector of the UPC since June 2021. In 2022 he was elected vicepresident of Unite! University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering, and president of the Comisión Sectorial Crue-Digitalización of the CRUE.