Environmental and Climate Sciences
Supervising Faculty: Terry Hazen & Amy Wolfe
Maria Fernanda was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. She left her home to attend the University of Virginia (UVa). At this institution she joined Dr. Alexander Klibanov’s Cardiovascular and Biomedical Engineering Laboratory and pursued a research project using ultrasound triggered microbubble-liposome complexes as a drug delivery system. This project evolved into her senior thesis. As part of her senior requirements she also had a socio-technical thesis that explored the policy and regulations of nanotechnology, which sparkle her interest in socio-technical issues and policy. After graduating from UVa, Maria Fernanda joined Dr. Amy Wolfe’s Society-Technology Interactions group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to explore this newly discovered interest. Among many other amazing experiences at ORNL, she was also exposed to different efforts of expanding sustainable energy use; she became particularly interested in bioenergy, and decided she wanted to contribute to these efforts. She plans to use the interdisciplinary nature of the ESE program to combine Dr. Hazen and Dr. Wolfe’s expertise to create a research project that will contribute to the field of bioenergy while incorporating the different societal and policy consideration with the technology at hand.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science - Nanomedicine - University of Virginia
Awards and Recognitions
- Annual Engineering Science Symposium 2012, First Place in Poster Competition - "Microbubble-Liposome Complexes as a Novel Drug Delivery System"
- NanoStar Undergraduate Research Grant 2010