Yuriy Roman-Leshkov Associate Professor, Department of Chemical EngineeringProf. Román was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, also in Chemical Engineering, under the guidance of Prof. James Dumesic in 2008. At UW he worked on developing catalytic strategies to convert biomass-derived carbohydrates into platform chemicals. He completed a two-year postdoc at Caltech, working with Prof. Mark E. Davis on the synthesis of zeolites. Prof. Román joined the department of Chemical Engineering at MIT in 2010 and he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. His research lies at the interface of heterogeneous catalysis and materials design here a wide range of synthetic, spectroscopic, and reaction engineering tools are applied to study the chemical transformation of molecules on catalytic surfaces.