Marina Vance
Associate Professor • McLagan Family Faculty Fellow
Mechanical Engineering


PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech 
MS, Environmental Engineering, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina 
BS, Sanitation and Environmental Engineering, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.


Nina was born and raised in Florianópolis, an island in southern Brazil. She received her bachelor's in Sanitation and Environmental Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, located in her hometown. Then she spent 3 years working as an environmental engineering consultant, collecting and analyzing samples of odorous industrial emissions from over a dozen industries in southern Brazil (oil refineries, a paper mill, a flavor and aroma manufacurer, among others). She then moved to the United States to pursue a PhD in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, where she investigated consumer products that had been enhanced with silver nanoparticles for antimicrobial properties. As a postdoc and research scientist, she has been the associate director of VTSuN and the deputy director of NanoEarth.

Nina is now an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder and she is also part of the faculty body in the Environmental Engineering program at CU. When she am not at work, she enjoys gardening, baking sourdough bread, hiking and backpacking in the Colorado mountains, and traveling to warm places to scuba dive.