2016-2017 Trainee

Mariana Desireé Reale Batista

Deparment: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Degree Status: PhD Student

Advisor: Larry Drzal

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Mariana Desireé Reale Batista is a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan State University. There, she works in the Composite Materials and Structures Center where her research is focused on polymer composites reinforced with carbon fiber or natural fiber, specifically modification of the fiber-polymer matrix interphase with cellulose nanocrystals. Her goal is to develop lighter, safer and more sustainable and cost effective materials for aerospace and automotive industries.

Due to her interest in investigating eco-friendly materials, during the summer of 2016, she interned at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.A., where she worked as a visiting scientist in the Sustainable Plastics and Biomaterials Research Group.

Before coming to MSU, she worked at Ford Motor Company in Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil as a product development engineer in the powertrain department. Batista graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in Mechatronics Engineering in 2011 and received an M.B.A. degree in Administration and Business Management in 2014, both from Universidade Salvador – UNIFACS (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil). She has interest in volunteering activities and she has been providing assistance in many outreach activities and robotics competitions. Batista hopes to share her experiences and inspire new students and researchers in the field of sustainable materials.