Daniela Rivera Mirabal
Daniela Rivera Mirabal is a Ph.D. student in the Chemical Engineering Department, co-advised by Prof. Scott Shell and Prof. Rachel Segalman. Her project leverages sequence-defined polypeptoids and advanced computational methods to explore how monomer sequences can impact polymer assembly. Daniela grew up in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and graduated from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM) with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2021. There, she researched nanoporous adsorbents for separation in aqueous systems. She has also worked on projects in the areas of sustainable polymer synthesis, medical-grade tissue adhesives, and MD simulations to understand water dynamics near surfaces. Daniela is the Diversity Equity and Inclusion chair for the Chemical Engineering department and a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). In her free time, you might find her dancing salsa, or cooking and baking while binging the Great British Bake-off.