cecilia leal

Associate Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Cecilia Leal is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Bioengineering, and Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Cecilia graduated in Industrial Chemistry (a Chemistry and Chemical Engineering joint major) at the University of Coimbra, Portugal and received a PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Lund, Sweden. She was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Santa Barbara before starting her appointment at UIUC in 2012. Cecilia received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research for Associate (2021) and Assistant (2018) professor, the 2019 Provost Distinguished Promotion Award, and the 2016 NSF CAREER and NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards. Cecilia chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee at the department of Materials Science and Engineering and received the 2022 College Award for Sustained Excellence in DEI.

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