Sindia M. Rivera-Jiménez, Ph.D.

Sindia M. Rivera-Jiménez, Ph.D.

Headshot Sindia Rivera-Jimenez, Ph.D
Sindia Rivera-Jimenez, Ph.D

Lecturer, Institute for Excellence in Engineering Education

Affiliate Faculty, Chemical Engineering Department



Dr. Rivera-Jiménez is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Engineering Education and an affiliate faculty to the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, University of Florida. In this role, she works towards creating teaching curricula for chemical engineering design courses and implementing activities for local and national community outreach. Her research focuses on understanding the processes that contribute to the persistence and retention of underrepresented minorities in academic engineering programs during formal and informal educational experiences. Also, she interested in studying unconscious biases in engineering design teams, and in creating professional development workshops for industry/academia using blended instructional tools. —-Read more

Current Research

  • Engineering education in chemical engineering design
  • Professional Identity, retention, and persistence
  • Unconscious biases and diversity in engineering teams
  • Impact of teaching design strategies earlier in the chemical engineering curriculum


  • Ph.D. Degree, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 2011
  • BD. Degree, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 2005


  • EWITS Program Certification, training held at UF Innovation Hub, Gainesville Fl, March 2016.
  • Quality Matter Review Certification, online training in April 2015.
  • Safe Food Quality Certification, training at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, April 2012

Active Research Projects

  1. Chemical Engineering Design Workshops for early undergraduate students. This work explores to what extent student attitudes towards chemical engineering change if problem-solving and design skills are practiced earlier in the curriculum. The workshops invite students to engage voluntarily in online instructional videos independently and then partake in design tutorials in a collaborative setting. Each face-to-face session will require students to work on team projects using their applied knowledge to solve simulation exercises at a higher level using introductory concepts of process economics and optimization techniques to make recommendations about their work. This project requires students mentors that want to learn simulation software (Aspen Plus, HYSYS, and UNiSim). Also, to assess the overall workshop performance with the potential of presenting quantitative and qualitative results at a national conference (ASEE and AIChE).
  2. Developtment and Implementation of Engineering Design K-14 Outreach Activities. (Engineering Education Project) Chemical Engineering faculty, staff, and students are involved in several annual programs that reach out to K-14 students and the public to promote awareness about engineering and science as well as to encourage talented young people to consider these fields for their future careers. Participating students will have the opportunity to apply their engineering skills by creating engineering design activities that will be implemented at local schools and museums. Also, participants will learn how to assess the event with the potential of presenting quantitative and qualitative results at a national conference (ASEE and AIChE).
  3. Implicit Bias Awareness in Engineering. Do we all biases? What are the biases that we personally have or see in others around us? These were some of the intriguing questions that participants explore in these workshops. Participants learn about how their belief systems, principles and stereotypes can influence their interactions and decisions in the workplace. The workshops intend to be a call to action to be proactive and mindful of our own biases as we engage with others to build inclusivity.

Courses Taught

Spring 2018 Every semester to present

ECH 4644 Process Design Total enrollment 168. Credits: 3 hours Preliminary design of convention chemical processes including process specifications, sitting and layout, equipment sizing, utility and manpower needs, safety and hazard analysis, environmental considerations and economic evaluation. Planning techniques for detailed engineering, construction, and startup.

Fall 2018 Every semester to present

ECH 4604 Process Economics and Optimization Total enrollment:187 Credits: 3 hours. Course Description: Introduces the principles of process economics including specifications and costing of equipment, operations costing and economic evaluation of processes.

Spring 2018

ECH 3023 Material and Energy Balances Total enrollment: 49. Credits: 4 hours. Course Description:  Formulation and solution of material and energy balances utilizing physical/chemical properties of matter as applied to analyze unit operations systems.

Fall 2017

ECH 4504 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design Total enrollment: 49. Credits: 4 hours. Course Description: Homogeneous and heterogeneous reaction kinetic modeling and data analysis. Analysis and design of ideal batch, mixed, plug and recycle reactors. Heterogeneous catalysis and reactor design.

2017-2018 EGN 4930: Sales Engineer Seminar Total enrollment: 120. Credits: 2 hours. Course Description: Sales Engineering Seminar is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in sales engineering (required for students enrolled in the Sales Engineering Minor Program). Lectures and discussions on practice-oriented sales engineering topics.

ECH 4912-4913: Integrated Product and Process Design.  Total enrollment: 130. Credits: 3 hours for Fall and 3 hours for Spring. Course Description: A two-semester-course sequence in which multidisciplinary teams of engineering and business students partner with industry sponsors to design and build authentic products and processes—on time and within budget. Working closely with industry liaison engineers and a faculty coach, students gain practical experience in teamwork and communication, problem-solving and engineering design, and develop leadership, management, and people skills.

Previous Appointments

2012-2018 Assistant Director, Integrated Product and Process Design Program (IPPD)
2012-2016 Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Department of Natural Science, Santa Fe College
2011-2012 Assistant Professor, Food Science and Technology Program, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Awards and Honors

2018-2019  2019 Involvement Award:  Student Organization Advisor of the Year  given by the Univeristy of FLorida Division of Student Affairs.
2018-2019 Undergraduate Faculty Advising/Mentor of the Year Award given by the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
2005-2007 Sloan Foundation Fellowship
2004 Emerging Business Leaders Summit Award, U.S. Department of Commerce

Service to the Profession

  • Communications Chair,  AIChE Women In Chemical Engineering (WIC) Division, 2018-2019
  • Treasurer, ASEE K-12 Committee, 2018-2019
  • DEED Rep to ASEE Diversity Committee, 2018-2019
  • Spring Program Chair, AIChE Women In Chemical Engineering (WIC) Division, 2017-2018
  • Member: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Member: American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

Selected Publications

Alford, and S. Rivera-Jiménez. Fostering a chemical engineering mindset: Chemical process design professional development workshops for early undergraduate students. Accepted to the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition.

Rivera-Jiménez. S. and Stanfill, R.K., “Meeting new institutional goals by renovating a 20-year-old industry- sponsored capstone design course”, American Society for Engineering Education, Zone 2 Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2-5, 2017.

US Patent Publication No. 10086359. Adsorption material for removing chemical compounds from water and method of making the same. Grant Date: 02.10.2018

Rivera-Jiménez, S., “A Case Study on Ocean Acidification”, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Jun 11, 2014. Open access: (

Rivera-Jimenez S. M., Lehner M.M., Cabrera-Lafaurie W.A., Hernández-Maldonado, A.J, The removal of naproxen, salicylic acid, clofibric acid, and carbamazepine by water phase adsorption onto inorganic-organic pillared bentonites intercalated with transition metal cations. Environmental Engineering Science. 2011, 28,(3) 171-182.

Rivera-Jiménez, S.M., Méndez-González, S., Hernández-Maldonado, A.J., Metal (M=Co2+, Ni2+ and Cu2+) Grafted Mesoporous SBA-15: Effect of Transition Metal Incorporation and pH Conditions on the Adsorption of Naproxen from Water. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials. 2010, 132, (3), 470-479.

Rivera-Jimenez, S.M., Hernandez-Maldonado, A. J., Nickel(II) grafted MCM-41: A novel sorbent for the removal of Naproxen from water. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2008, 116, (1-3), 246-252.

Vijay, R.; Hendershot, R. J., Rivera-Jimenez, S. M., Rogers, W. B.; Feist, B. J., Snively, C. M., Lauterbach, J., Noble metal free NOx storage catalysts using cobalt discovered via high-throughput experimentation. Catalysis Communications 2005, 6, (2), 167-171.