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Marvi A. Matos obtained her BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico with certificates in Polymer Science and Environmental Engineering. She continued her studies at Carnegie Mellon University where she graduated with a PhD in Chemical Engineering and a MS in Polymers, Colloids and Surfaces. Her dissertation work presented a novel technique to allow for the control of mass transport in crosslinked hydrogels with applications in the fields of biosensors and microfluidics.
Marvi worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under a fellowship from the National Research Council. Her project at NIST involved the study of encapsulated neural stem cell’s viability and differentiation under AC electric fields. Other collaborations involved the development of mass transport models for tissue scaffolds and the protein functionalization of polymeric surfaces to enhance cellular attachment.
At the University of Washington, Marvi served as a Lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department and later as a Senior Research Scientist in the Bioengineering Department. During this time at the UW, she also worked as an independent consultant in the field of engineering innovations and intellectual property development.
Marvi started working for the Boeing company in 2010, leading an Advanced Thin Films team in Chemical Technologies, under Boeing Research and Technology. She then worked as Engineering Manager for the Tube, Duct and Reservoir Center. In 2014, Marvi moved with her whole family to Australia and worked there in a special engineering management assignment. She came back to the Seattle area in 2015 and today she serves as Director of Chemical Technologies, Metals and Ceramics. She is the author of eight patent applications and ten scientific and education articles. Marvi is fully bilingual, English and Spanish. She is committed to building healthy communities with education by volunteering to inspire students coming from underrepresented groups to pursue STEM careers. Her personal passions are: serving and helping people to pursue their dreams, working on technology innovation, dancing, running and music. Her priorities in life are family and a balanced life focused on physical and mental health.
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