Yao received her Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Xiamen University in 2012. She obtained her master's degree, also in Chemical Engineering, in 2015 from Zhejiang University. Yao is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology with an expertise in the area of the membrane separation and catalysis. She also received the 2019 AIChE Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award which recognizes outstanding graduate students in the areas of distillation and adsorption; crystallization and evaporation; extraction; membrane-based separations; adsorption and ion exchange; fluid-particle separations; and bioseparations.
Georgia Institute of Technology