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I am an R&D Staff at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Energy and Transportation Science Division and a PhD student of the Energy Science and Engineering program at the University of Tennessee. I joined ORNL in 2009 where I collaborate with other researchers on the development of new chemical sensor tools incorporating lasers, imaging and micro-electro-mechanical systems techniques. My team works on technologies to improve remote sensing of explosives or other chemicals, our technology was recently featured on a CNN report "Better bomb detector dogs or machines". Also, I am the author of several publications and the recipient of one patent on "standoff spectroscopy using conditioned target". In addition to my roles as a scientist I supervise and mentor students who participate in ORNL's educational programs. To further promote science, I am actively involve in the ORNL's Committee for Women in Science activities to showcase and promote the work of women in science work in the Lab and to encourage young girls to pursue STEM fields. As part of community outreach activities, I recently got involved with the Centro Hispano of Knoxville where I help to coordinate GED, high school diploma, math courses for Spanish speaking individuals. I believe that my contributions in science are equally important as the community contributions. It is my goal to inspire others to explore their maximum potential and to give back to the community as a role model.
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