Natalia Diaz Montenegro

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Natalia Diaz Montenegro is a 3rd year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Through her research, Natalia studies the effects of Sulfur in a new formulation of methane oxidation catalyst for natural gas engines.  


Natalia is the class representative for the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Board, since 2019. In 2020, she is also serving as the Publicity Chair for Grad Student Women Engineers (Grad SWE). Formerly, she  also served as the secretary for the Latinx Graduate Student Alliance. 


Natalia is one of two PhD Plus Liaisons from Department of Chemical Engineering in 2020-2021. Alongside her fellow PhD+ Liaisons, Natalia will collaborate with institutional and departmental teams on the broader goals of the AAU PhD Education initiative; namely, to make the full range of PhD career pathways visible, valued and viable for all students. Through her participation in PhD Plus Liaison Program for AAU PhD Education initiative, she looks forward to learning more about the inner working of higher education administration.  



As a professional development experience for advanced graduate students, PhD Plus Liaison program affords the opportunity to collaborate with department leaders and PhD Plus administrators to identify ways in which field-specific training and education can be enhanced through the implementation of programs, practices, and activities broadly related to professional development. 

In 2020-2021, eight liaisons will provide student leadership on the University's AAU PhD Education initiative and represent the four participating departments: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, English and Religious Studies.