SCCER interview with Shelly Arreguin

  • 3/4/19 9:10 AM
  • Kirsten Oswald

Sustainable business practices and policies promoting emerging technologies imperative

Shelly Arreguin is a researcher in the Composite Materials and Processing group within CMASLab at ETH Zurich and member of Capacity Area A3. Prior to this, she worked at Empa Dübendorf managing a cross-functional project with academic and industrial partners. Here she focused on the manufacturing and scale-up operation of porous carbon sorbents for adsorption heat pump technology for enhanced buiding energy efficiency. She completed her PhD at the University of Washington, Seattle working simultaneously at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory designing high temperature, radiation tolerant ceramics to increase the fuel efficiency and proliferation resistance of next generation nuclear reactors. During this time, she accepted NSF fellowships for appointments at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry Slovak Academy of Sciences, The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at the University of Queensland and the Technische Universität Wien. She accomplished her undergraduate training in Chemistry and Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Washington, Seattle, respectively. Her current research is at the intersection of materials and chemistry, focused on the processing and property relationships of complex material systems for energy, environmental and mobility applications. When asked how mobility will change in the future, Dr. Arreguin thinks that mobility “will address many of its current issues by migrating towards ride sharing, increasing overall energy efficiency of vehicles as well as substantial modifications to our current behavior patterns.” Additionally, she expects “that walking and biking will play a larger role in mobility, for both reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and enhanced personal fitness.”

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The SCCER interview series is part of its Advancement of Women and Equal Opportunities initiatives.