Adriana Ladera

MIT Department: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Heather Kulik
Research Supervisors: Chenru Duan, Vyshnavi Vennelakanti
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa
Hometown: Pinellas Park, FL USA / Wellington, New Zealand!
Website: LinkedIn

Hello friends! My name is Adriana Ladera (she/her), and I’m a rising senior at the University of South Florida, USF, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Physics. My current research interests are scientific computing, numerical analysis, and algorithm design, which were heavily inspired by my previous work in computational modeling with the USF Computational Nanoscience Group and the 2019 Material Science/Physics REU at Penn State. Gratefully, these experiences have resulted in my co-authorship of three papers on the computational studies of ferroelectric and relaxor ferroelectric materials, which were published in Acta Materialia, Physical Review B, and the Journal of Applied Physics.

I plan to obtain my Ph.D in Computational Science and Engineering and eventually pursue a career as a research professor with an emphasis on strongly promoting diversity in STEM, especially for women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. Outside of the lab (aka my computer), I enjoy playing piano, running, rock climbing, and creating meme art!