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Sindia Rivera-Jimenez, Ph.D.

Sindia Rivera-Jimenez


Areas of Interest

Engineering education
Underrepresented minorities
Unconscious biases in teams
Professional development for industry/academia
Instructional design
Online education
Product/process design
Process simulation
Environmental remediation.


Versal Pro scholarship: To create all sorts of interactive courses, quizzes, in-class assignments and projects for my students. (Started 11/30/2015- 11/30/2016
Sustainability Curriculum Award. Santa Fe College (April 2013- August 2013)
Invited as a Sloan Fellow to The Institute on Teaching and Mentoring held in Tampa, Florida (Oct 2010 and 2009)
NASA Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium (PRSGC) Fellowship (Aug/2008-Jul/2009 and Aug/2005-Dec/2006)
Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) Scholarship (Aug/2008-Jun/2009)
Sloan Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship (Aug/2005-Jul/2007)
Emerging Business Leaders’ Summit Award, U.S. Department of Commerce (Oct/2004)


Ph.D., 2011, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
B.S., 2005, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
EWITS Program Certification, training held at UF Innovation Hub, Gainesville FL, March 2016.
Quality Matter Review Certification, online training April 2015.
Safe Food Quality Certification, training at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, April 2012.

Courses Taught

ECH 4604 Process Costing and Economic Analysis, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Florida, Spring 2018.
ECH 4644 Process Design, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Florida, Spring 2018.
ECH 3023 Material and Energy Balances, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Florida, Spring 2018.
ECH 4504 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Florida, Fall 2017.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals:
• Rivera-Jimenez S. M., Lehner M.M., Cabrera-Lafaurie W.A., Hernández-Maldonado, A.J, The removal of naproxen, salicylic acid, clofibric acid, and carbamazepine by water phase adsorption onto inorganic-organic pillared bentonites intercalated with transition metal cations. Environmental Engineering Science. 2011, 28,(3) 171-182.
• Rivera-Jiménez, S.M., Méndez-González, S., Hernández-Maldonado, A.J., Metal (M=Co2+, Ni2+ and Cu2+) Grafted Mesoporous SBA-15: Effect of Transition Metal Incorporation and pH Conditions on the Adsorption of Naproxen from Water. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials. 2010, 132, (3), 470-479.
• Rivera-Jimenez, S.M., Hernandez-Maldonado, A. J., Nickel(II) grafted MCM-41: A novel sorbent for the removal of Naproxen from water. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2008, 116, (1-3), 246-252.
• Vijay, R.; Hendershot, R. J., Rivera-Jimenez, S. M., Rogers, W. B.; Feist, B. J., Snively, C. M., Lauterbach, J., Noble metal free NOx storage catalysts using cobalt discovered via high-throughput experimentation. Catalysis Communications 2005, 6, (2), 167-171.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings:
• Rivera-Jiménez. S. and Stanfill, R.K., “Meeting new institutional goals by renovating a 20-year-old industry- sponsored capstone design course”, American Society for Engineering Education, Zone 2 Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2-5, 2017.
• Rivera-Jiménez, S., “A Case Study on Ocean Acidification”, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Jun 11, 2014. Open access: (

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