Student NameAnays Hernandez
Faculty Mentor NameSindia Rivera-Jiménez
CollegeCollege of Chemical Engineering
MajorMaterials Science and Engineering
MinorDigital Arts and Sciences
Research InterestsProduct Design, Water Conservation, Sensors, Education Outreach, 3D Printing, Energy Optimization
Academic AwardsMachen Florida Opportunity Scholarship
OrganizationsSociety of Hispanic Professional Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Mentorship Program
Hobbies and InterestsPhotography, Traveling, 3D Printing, Baseball, Trying New Cuisines

Why I got involved with research

I have always wanted to combine creative ideas with tangible solutions to real-world problems. I knew that through research, I would be able to make those ideas come to life through the integration of knowledge and hands-on work. There are no boundaries when it comes to research; something new can be invented or discovered at an instant. The thought of that genuinely excites me and motivates me to continue with my research projects. I want to aid my society with new possible discoveries/inventions I make with my research team.

Research Project

Increasing Chemical Engineering K-14 Outreach By Tackling Water Conservation Using Human-Centered Design

The use of sensors in the K-14 classroom has shown to be of significant educational value because they can help address societies problems while integrating many academic disciples. Exposure to the use of sensors to solve real world problems can encourage students to follow career paths in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), particularly for underrepresented communities. The primary objective of this project is to create a water consumption sensor that is easy to use, and cost-effective for the everyday individual.