Dr. Sindia M. Rivera-Jiménez

Chemical Engineering, B.S., Ph.D. from University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Dr. Rivera is currently the Assistant Director for the Integrated Product and Process Design (IPPD) program. At the IPPD, Dr. Rivera serves as a coach for industry sponsored team projects, work directly with the industry developing new projects for students, and leads engineering educational efforts within the IPPD. Before joining the University of Florida, she worked as a chemistry faculty at Santa Fe College and as an assistant professor of food science and technology within the college of agricultural sciences at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. In 2012, she was an invited speaker at the University of Puno, Perú to talk about nanotechnology in the food industry. In 2015, she participated in a two-week faculty exchange at the UNESP, Brasil to talk about nanotechnology and STEM education. Dr. Rivera speaks Spanish, English, and basic Portuguese.

Following her interest to become an entrepreneur, she participated in the Empowering Women in Technology Startups (Ewits) program from the University of Florida. Her expertise includes chemistry, nanomaterials synthesis, analytical instrumentation, environmental applications, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, product design, and engineering education. She is a member of the Society of Women in Engineering (SWE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the American Chemistry Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

University of Florida eSwamp Day- Academic panelist for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Fall 2016

In addition to her professional positions, Dr. Rivera has been active in the community, mentoring and working with underserved student groups at the high school and university level.  Dr. Rivera is very passionate about STEM outreach and mentoring. She has a blog and actively serve as a mentor to many students. She focuses on balancing her professional and personal life. She is a Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones fan.


Teaching experiences:

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

  • 2016-2017: Integrated Product and Process Design; Sales Engineering Seminar

Natural Science Department, Santa Fe College, Fl.

  • 2012-2016: Introduction to Chemistry (Lecture + Lab); General Chemistry I and II(Lecture + Lab);

Food Science and Technology, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

  • 2011-2012:  Food Processing Lab, Intro to Nanotechnology in Food Science

Other responsabilities:

Faculty coach at IPPD

  1. 2016-2017-Team Full Spectrum. Company: Mosaic Company. Title: Automated Prospecting AnalyzerDescription: Design and build an automated chemical prospecting analyzer using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) technology and components to increase the efficiency and safety of mining core prospecting process. Supervised engineering students: 2 Chemical; 1 Computer; 1 Industrial & System ; 1 Mechanical; and 1 Electrical
  2. 2016-2017-Team ECO2. Company: Orlando Utilities Commission. Title: Separation and Utilization of CO2 from Flue Gas as a Sustainable Carbon Source for Large Scale Algae GrowthDescription: Design an industrial CO2 separation system using software developed by the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Lab (DOE NETL) to build a bench-scale system to demonstrate the process for applications on two 460 MW coal units in Central Florida. Aspen, Python, and DOE CCSI tool.  Supervised engineering students: 2 Chemical; 1 Environmental; 1 Industrial & System ; 2 Agricultural & Biological


  • Reach out to sponsor companies and potential students using face-to-face, info session, and social media.  Accounts created and maintained: IPPD Program ; Twitter;

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