Desiree Plata, Ph.D
Associate Director for Research
Assistant Professor in School of Engineering & Applied Science
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
B.S., Union College (Schenectady, NY)
Desiree Plata’s research seeks to maximize technology’s benefit to society while minimizing environ- mental impacts in industrially important practices through the use of geochemical tools and chemical mechanistic insights. Plata earned her doctoral degree in Chemical Oceanography and Environmental Chemistry from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceano- graphic Institution’s Joint Program in Oceanography and her bachelors degree in Chemistry from Union College in Schenectady, NY.
Plata is a National Academy of Engineers Frontiers of Engineering Fellow and a two-time National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow. Plata is currently Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University.