about me

Stephanie Taboada

Chemical Engineering Ph.D.

Stephanie is a first-generation Latina graduate student whose main interests are the following:

  • Renewable energy research
  • Science policy tied to renewable energy research and STEM education
  • Teaching
  • Incentivizing Hispanics to pursue STEM

Professional Credentials


  • Science Policy Certificate from the University of California-Irvine
  • Online Teaching Certificate from Stony Brook University
  • Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certification
  • Women in STEM Leadership Certificate from Stony Brook University
  • Internal Quality Auditor

education background

  • Chemical Engineering, Bachelor’s of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Chemical Engineering, Master of Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. from Stony Brook University 
  • STRIDE Advanced Graduate Certificate from Stony Brook University
  • Communicating Science Advanced Graduate Certificate from Stony Brook University

Professional Experience

  • Engineering Professor
  • Catalysis synthesis and development
  • Oil and Gas Consultant carrying out technical, economic, and market analyses on plastics, renewable fuels, specialty chemicals
  • Quality Assurance Engineer of a Manufacturing facility
  • Instructor of Undergraduate Honors courses for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Honors Program at Stony Brook University
  • Teaching Assistant for Chemical Engineering undergraduate courses
  • GEM I-Corp Summer Entrepreneurial Fellow
  • AGEP Scholar

Awards & Scholarships

  • Rockefeller Institute of Governance Future Leaders in Policy Competition Winner
  • STRIDE Fellowship 2021-2022
  • STRIDE Fellowship 2020-2021
  • PhDWorks Award for Career Exploration
  • Award of Honor for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
  • GEM Fellowship
  • Hispanic Scholarship Foundation Scholar
  • SHPE Dissertation Scholarship

Featured In

National Science Policy Network (NSPN)

NSPN is a a consortium of early career research scientists, graduate students, and advocacy groups nationwide, focused on sharing resources, networking and training the next generation of science policy leaders. Stephanie wrote a blog post for NSPN's SciPolBites Blog on policies focused on the production of Renewable natural gas. Renewable natural gas is a clean fuel alternative to fossil natural gas.

Rockefeller Institute of Governance

The Rockefeller Institute of Governance is a public policy think tank that conduct non-partisan research and analysis on issues New York State is facing. Stephanie was accepted to participate in the Rockefeller Institute of Governance's Future Leaders in Policy Competition. She presented her research to New York State policymakers in the hopes of incentivizing the passing of New York State's first Low Carbon Fuel Standard for the production of renewable natural gas. Stephanie won the competition and, as a result, she was invited to write a blog post about how her research is applicable to New York State.

Advanced Energy Center (AEC)

Stony Brook University's AEC conducts cutting edge research to develop new technologies that generate, transmit and distribute, store and manage energy; including but not limited to alternative and renewable sources. As New York State’s designated Center of Excellence in Energy, the AEC facilitates cross collaboration of researchers, industry and energy subject-matter experts. Stephanie and her research group have been featured in AEC media releases.

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of seventeen federal laboratories within the United States. Stephanie's research in catalysis synthesis and development has been featured in Brookhaven National Laboratory's media releases.

Chemicals & Energy Consulting Company

Stephanie wrote a blog post on small-scale gas to liquid technologies close to commercialization on behalf of a chemicals and energy consulting company.

Chemicals & Energy Consulting Company

Stephanie wrote a blog post on Bolivia's plans to industrialize its gas reserves on behalf of a chemicals and energy consulting company.

Research Publications

Quantifying the Potential of Renewable Natural Gas to Support a Reformed Energy Landscape: Estimates for New York State

Published in Energies Journal, this study quantifies the potential production of biogas and renewable natural gas from agricultural and waste sources in New York State. The impact of incorporating a second renewable substitute for fossil natural gas, “green” hydrogen, is also analyzed. The study revealed that utilizing renewable natural gas and “green” hydrogen gas can reduce up to 20% of the state’s carbon emissions resulting from fossil natural gas usage, which is a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Evaluation of Rheological Properties and Cytotoxicity of Bioinks

Published in MRS Advances, this study summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of some of the most commonly used bioinks. It also probes the mechanical and cytotoxicity properties of Cellink and discusses the design of a novel bioink from gelatin and xanthan gum.