Katia is the materials science lead at Zymtronix in charge of materials morphology and properties design. She grew up in Mexico where she obtained her B.S in Chemical Engineering (2002) and M.S in Wood Science (2005). Katia graduate from the Materials Science & Engineering Ph. D program at Virginia Tech in 2011 and did postdoctoral research there in biopolymer composites from 2012 to 2016. She enjoys photography, dancing, cooking, and spending time with her son.