Dr. Patricia Taboada-Serrano is an Associate Professor and founding faculty member of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Taboada-Serrano obtained her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz, Bolivia, a M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela and a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Taboada-Serrano was a Fulbright Fellow and a Molecular Design Institute Fellow. Her research interests focus on the understanding and tuning thermodynamic effects affecting microstructure within porous materials in order to develop novel technologies for addressing the challenges posed by the water-energy nexus. Dr. Taboada-Serrano’s research approach involves the combination of experiments and modeling across scales, from the molecular to the macroscopic level.