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Sindia Rivera-Jimenez

Work Office: 320 Black Hall 1128 Center Drive Gainesville FL 32611 Work Phone: (352) 846-1974 Website: Sindia M. Rivera-Jimenez, Ph.D.

Research Summary

Dr. Rivera-Jiménez is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Engineering Education and an affiliate faculty to the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, University of Florida. In this role, she works towards creating teaching curricula for chemical engineering design courses and implementing activities for local and national community outreach. Her research focuses on understanding the processes that contribute to the persistence and retention of underrepresented minorities in academic engineering programs during formal and informal educational experiences. Also, she interested in studying unconscious biases in engineering design teams, and in creating professional development workshops for industry/academia using blended instructional tools.


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

Research Areas

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

Awards & Distinctions

  • 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)


  • 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: (