Student: Tatiana Luna Pineda
Name: Luna-Pineda Tatiana
Hometown: Hormigueros, Puerto Rico
Institution: University of Puerto Rico
Campus: Mayaguez Campus
Rank: MSc.; PhD student
Expected date of graduation: May 2014
Degree: Ph.D in Chemistry
USDA Agency of interest: USDA-ARS
I work in research in the university and am mentoring one undergraduate student.
Description of career experience (what I learned):
I worked in the adsorption of arsenic and chromium compounds using a magnetic nanocomposite (Calcium Alginate-DMSA-magnetite beads ). We were able to remove over
10gm/L of these compounds from contaminated water.
What is your perception of agriculture now:
It is the most important issue in this moment for humans; it is important to develop new technologies to increase agricultural yields and new soils and water remediation
How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities?
I learned how to use inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometry for the analysis of elements and compounds related to agriculture and the synthesis of nanoparticles and
its functionalization and its applications in water remediation. Knowledge about these techniques can open doors in USDA-ARS research laboratories. Career and research
aspirations: I aspire to finish my PhD in environmental chemistry within the next year and find a job at the USDA-ARS in any location. In 10 years, I also aspire to be a
scientist that can contribute to the development and implementation of new techniques of agriculture and environmental remediation.
literate; Office 2010; Statgraphics; proficient in -inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometry; Gas Chromatography-Liquid Chromatography, Raman Spectroscopy,
Infrared Spectroscopy, X-Ray diffraction, Vibrating Sample Magnetometer, thermal gravimetric analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy, microbiological tehcniques and
synthesis of nanoparticles, Knowledge of EPA regulations, Excellent in communication and interpersonal relationships. Strong believer in teamwork, highly motivated, fast
learner, effective in problem solving techniques.
The impact of my career experience:
The reseach experiences at CETARS has given me the necessary skills to become a competent scientist in the near future. I worked with state-of-the-art instrumentation that
are available at major reseach facilities and institution. I also learned to use novel methods of analysis for a variety of compounds of agricultural and environmental
interest. These experiences will prepare me to compete in the job market specially at USDA.