Ms Maria G. Carmona-Montalvo

Chair Elect,

Maria Carmona-Montalvo


United States


  • Biotechnology & Bioprocessing

Job Function

  • Research & Development


My earliest memory is one in which I sneak away from home and go into my sister’s classroom. The teacher thought that it was cute that I, too, wanted to go to school and he let me stay.  I was about three years old.  I did not know then what I wanted to study but I knew that I wanted to learn. Since then, my life has taken many turns. I am now a passionate and dedicated re-entry student, double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Biology with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. I am also an energetic Green Bay Packers fan, a Cal Golden Bear (class of 2010), a NMSU Aggie (Class of 2023), a fierce advocate for women in STEM, a closet computer nerd, and proud auntie to an awesome bunch. I believe that anybody can do anything that the set their minds to. I love to listen to Sade when studying for Organic Chemistry or any other subject which requires deep concentration but will blast Maluma on my long drive to and from campus (approximately 120 miles per day) or while working in in Dr. F. Omar Holguin's lab.

 I joined AICHE ESC as the National Director to ensure that all chemical engineering students get a quality and equitable education and that they feel part of something a lot bigger and more powerful, a part of the ChME Family. This year, with the help of nine amazing Regional Chairs (in the US, Canada and Mexico) and over fifty Regional Liaisons we hope to increase  AICHE (national) membership by 2.5 % among all active "domestic" (US, CA, MX) chemical engineering students.  We will then leverage AICHE student membership to make substantial changes which will help ChME students graduate on time. Wouldn't it be great if we could add classes to the AICHE academy which could count for school credit? Let’s help students who are lucky enough to get into coops or internships, graduate on time, by adding some of the core classes to an online-class portfolio. Why not look into the website or the AICHE Academy website and see how it can serve as a platform for a wide variety of online classes, which will improve graduation rates as well as offer world class instruction to all parts of the country regardless of w remote the area is. I also just became legally blind and encourage all ChemE's with special needs to keep going because there is a place in STEM for all of us. :)

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have suggestions on how to improve services to national student chapters:


New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
Chemical Engineering
To 2021

New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
To 2021

University of California @ Berkeley
To 2010


  • AIChE Student Member
  • Institute for Sustainability
  • International Metabolic Engineering Society (IMES)
  • International Society for Water Solutions (ISWS)
  • SBE Member

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