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.
I was born and raised in Florianópolis, an island in southern Brazil. I received a bachelor's in Sanitation and Environmental Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, located in my hometown. Then I 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). I then moved to the United States to pursue a PhD in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, where I investigated consumer products that had been enhanced with silver nanoparticles for their antimicrobial properties. As a postdoc and research scientist, I have been the associate director of VTSuN and the deputy director of NanoEarth.
I am now an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder and I am also part of the faculty body in the Environmental Engineering program at CU. When I am not at work, I enjoy hiking and backpacking in the mountains and traveling to warm places to scuba dive.