Covestro Fellows


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Nicole Bell

Covestro Fellow
Home Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Melissa Bilec

Nicole Bell is a PhD candidate and Covestro Circular Economy Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated in 2019 with undergraduate degrees in Physic and Mathematics from Duquesne University and Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Nicole has worked at Mascaro Construction since 2019 in the Building and Operations division. She will be studying the built environment and circular economy.


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Lakshmi Yasodhara Ananthabhotla

Covestro Fellow
Home Department: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Advisor: TBD

When industrialization happened, nobody thought about where the waste would end up. In today’s world, designing for a Circular economy and adopting sustainable living methods could bring a noticeable change in solving environmental issues. My passion lies in working to bring about these changes while at the same time boosting awareness of the seriousness of these issues. I have my undergraduate degree in Chemical engineering from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India. Before joining Pitt, I worked as a project associate at the Indian Institute of Technology, India on the modeling of multi-phase reactors for biomass pyrolysis.


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Santiago Ortiz

Covestro Fellow
Home Department: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Goetz Veser and James McKone

Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Chemical Engineer and Master in Process Design and Management from Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia). Three years of experience developing and leading research projects framed in the energy transition and design of novel low-carbon-footprint technologies. Two years of experience as a university lecturer in multiple engineering courses. Expertise in scientific programming, computer-aided engineering design, and data science. Current research interests in chemical reaction engineering and process intensification for Power-to-X applications.