Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kariana grew up in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cartagena. Kariana had the opportunity to go abroad for a research internship in the lab of Prof. João Soares at the University of Alberta, working on the synthesis of polymeric composites. In her senior year, she held an internship at Ecopetrol S.A., a Colombian oil & gas company. There, she analyzed the monthly energy performance of the hydrocracking plant.
Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she joined the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University to work with Prof. Mahmoud El-Halwagi on the economics of a sustainable and resilient compressor system in petroleum refineries.
Kariana also worked as a research assistant at the University of Cartagena with Prof. Angel Gonzalez to design and analyze process systems from agricultural biomasses. Kariana joined the Green Group in December 2021. Her research interests are primarily in studying low-GHG fuel alternatives for the transportation sector. She loves to spend her free time serving the community, handcrafting, and reading self-growth books.