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My name is Juan – I am a PhD candidate in Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University – exploring an application of a bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) for understanding key microbial interactions in complex environments, such as in soils and the intestine.

Before starting my PhD, I worked as a senior engineer at startups in Boston for 4 years – developing an expertise in renewable technologies with a focus on bioenergy and water treatment. Because of my engineering design and R&D experience, I was able to enter a PhD program in the Angenent Lab, and have been involved in the engineering design and construction of related bioenergy projects focused on syngas fermentation and C6-C8 oil production. While at Cornell, I was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Sloan Fellowship, and was inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

My path has given me strong practical experience in electrochemistry, AC/DC design, machining, photolithography, graphic design, programming, and project management – skills which are allowing me to accomplish all of my research goals by constructing custom experimental devices and tools.

I’m in my last year at Cornell University – expecting to graduate in the Spring of 2017 – and am looking for opportunities in industry that will excite me to apply my wide experience in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment. If you are looking for an experienced engineer with R&D experience from a PhD –  I would look forward to hearing from you!