Plata Lab Statement on Inclusivity:

We renounce racism and discrimination in all forms. Desiree values individuals’ contributions to our community, as well as our science and engineering. In the Plata Lab, all individuals are expected to treat others with respect and courtesy, irrespective of such factors as race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, age, or national origin. Desiree seeks to cultivate an overall climate in which every person feels welcome, respected, and are able to develop to his/her/their full potential, thereby creating a community that can do the same.

Desiree Plata

Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bio

Plata proudly attended Gould Academy (1999) for high school, earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Union College (2003) and her doctoral degree in Chemical Oceanography and Environmental Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Joint Program in Oceanography (2009). Plata is an NSF CAREER Awardee (2016), an Odebrecht-Braskem Sustainable Innovation Awardee (2015), a two-time National Academy of Engineers Frontiers of Engineering Fellow (2012, 2020), a two-time National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow (2011, 2013), a Caltech Resnick Sustainability Fellow (2017), and MIT’s Junior Bose Teaching Awardee (2019). Having previously served as Assistant Professor in Duke’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Yale’s Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and as Assistant Director for Research at the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University, Plata is now Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT.

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