Dr. Virginia A. Davis is an Alumni Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department of Auburn University. Her research is focused on using fluid phase processing to assemble cylindrical nanomaterials into larger functional materials. Her recent awards include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Auburn Engineering Alumni Council Award for Junior Faculty Research, and the Mark A. Spencer Creative Mentorship Award. She is currently serving as the chair of the Women in Science and Engineering Steering Committee and as advisor to the recently established Auburn student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). She is also the Secretary/Treasurer of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum. Dr. Davis earned her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2006 under the guidance of Professor Matteo Pasquali and the late Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley. She earned a Master's of Engineering under the guidance of Dr. Vic Law in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tulane University. She also received her Bachelor's of Science in Engineering from Tulane. Prior to attending Rice, Dr. Davis worked for eleven years in Shell Chemicals' polymer businesses in the US and Europe. Her assignments included manufacturing, technical service, research, and global marketing management; all of these assignments were focused on enabling new polymer formulations to become useful consumer products.