Mariana Marcos


Mariana was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and received her BS in Chemistry in Monterrey Institute of Technology in 2015. During her undergraduate studies she participated in a summer research program at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where she worked in the syntheses of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and presented a research poster at the COURI symposium. Upon graduation she worked for an R&D project consulting company while at the same time she taught a high-school chemistry course. In the fall of 2017, she returned to UTEP to enroll in the PhD in Chemistry program where she became part of the NEWT ERC. Her research is focused on the design and syntheses of magnetic composite nanomaterials for water treatment applications. Mariana has presented her work in two international conferences and is the first author of a book chapter published in 2018 and co-author of a recent paper published in the journal: Environmental Science Nano. Throughout her PhD she has mentored undergraduate students training them on how to perform high quality research and encouraging them to pursue graduate degrees. Mariana enjoys organizing student-related activities and has served as the VP for the NEWT student leadership council at UTEP for the past 2 years. After graduation she would like to pursue ventures in the management of chemistry related projects.

NEWT ERC student Mariana Marcos receives congratulations and her award for third-place finish in the 2019 ERC-wide Perfect Pitch Competition from Dr. Dawn Tibury, NSF's Assistant Director for Engineering.