Miguel Modestino

Miguel Modestino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of the Sustainable Engineering Initiative at New York University. He is the winner of the Global Change Award from the H&M Foundation (2016), the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Award in Latin America (2017) and Globally (2020), the ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award (2018), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2019), the Inaugural NYU Tandon Junior Faculty Research Award (2020), and TED Idea Search (2021).

His research group at NYU focuses on the development of electrochemical technologies for the incorporation of renewable energy into chemical manufacturing. He is also co-founder of Sunthetics Inc., a startup developing machine-learning solutions for chemical process optimization.

Miguel obtained his B.S. (2007) and M.S. in Chemical Engineering (2008) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (2013).