Dr. Rivero’s general area of research is manufacturing, and her particular focus is on designing bulk fabrication approaches of novel material systems or structures. A wide array of materials and structures with extraordinary properties have been designed, fabricated, and characterized in laboratory environments. However, the transition of these materials from a laboratory to an industrial environment poses considerable challenges related to preserving the materials characteristics while achieving fabrication efficiency. Therefore, the aim of Dr. Rivero’s Interdisciplinary Manufacturing Engineering and Design (iMED) Laboratory is to design manufacturing processes that will support the transition of advanced materials fabrication from the laboratory to large-scale manufacturing processing facilities. In doing so, traditional fabrication procedures are explored and their capabilities characterized to assess their viability for reproducing laboratory designed materials systems and structures. In her laboratory, Concepts derived from her research primarily emphasize biomedical applications, such as scaffolds for the replacement of cartilage, and material systems for local drug delivery. Her work has also been applied to the development of material systems for aerospace and automotive components. Prior to joining ISU, Dr. Rivero was a member of the Industrial Engineering faculty at Texas Tech University (TTU) from 2002 to 2012. During 2010-2012 Dr. Rivero was President of the Manufacturing & Design Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She has received the TTU Alumni Association for 2007, the 2009 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, and Hispanic Association of Women (Lubbock, Texas) 2012 Woman of the Year Award.
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B.S. The Pennsylvania State University, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, 1996
M.S. The Pennsylvania State University, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, 1998
Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, 2002