Dora Iliana Medina Medina, Ph.D.


Research Areas:

  • Polymer processing
  • Nanostructured materials
  • Rheology and triborheology

Dr. Dora Medina earned her B.S. (With Highest Honor, GPA 9.54 out of 10.00) in chemical engineering from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City. After working in the industry for a year, Dr. Medina moved to Riverside, CA, to pursue her MS in chemical and environmental engineering. She received her MS from the University of California in 2005 with the thesis entitled “High-silica-zeolite BEA Spin-on Low-k Dielectric Films for Future Generation Computer Chips”. Then she moved to Cambridge, UK, to pursue her PhD degree. She received her PhD in chemical engineering and biotechnology from the University of Cambridge in 2009. Her thesis work was the development of microcapillary films and microcapillary monolith structures to produce controlled capillary diameters and voidage. For her work, Dr. Medina was highly commended in the Sellafield Ltd Award for Engineering Excellence (IChemE awards) and invited as a Keynote speaker in the Annual Meeting of the Polymer Processing Society. She then moved to MIT as a UNESCO-L’ORÉAL “For Women In Science” International Fellow to work on the development of an innovative triborheometry fixture/design to study the frictional dynamics of solid-liquid systems at the Hatsopoulos Microfluids Laboratory in the Non-Newtonian Fluid Dynamics Research Group in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Medina has done consulting projects and given conference presentations in Mexico, USA, Italy, Germany, UK, and France.

Currently, Dr. Medina is a principal investigator in School of Engineering and Sciences at Tecnológico de Monterrey, member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), vice-president of the Cambridge Alumni Mexico, and active member of other academic and research boards. Dr. Medina continues to collaborate on scientific research with national and international institutions, such as University of Cambridge, MIT (she was awarded with the MIT-MISTI Global Seed Fund), University of Waterloo, Cinvestav, UNAM, and École centrale de Nantes.





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