Zeynep Ayla
Zeynep Ayla PhD Candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Arizona State University, 2017, B.S.E. Chemical Engineering

“GCSP motivated me to seek undergraduate research and mentorship opportunities centered on the theme of sustainability, which led me to pursue a research career. Currently, I am working towards my PhD as a part of the Flaherty Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research is focused on investigating the fundamental mechanisms by which catalysts facilitate the production of valuable fuels and fine chemicals while producing less waste. I plan to continue my career in industry, developing methods to selectively convert renewable resources to useful products, like specialty chemicals. I continue to fulfill my passion for teaching and mentoring by organizing and leading catalysis-based activities for underrepresented high school students interested in engineering.”