Dr. Alba Avila is an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Electronic Department of the University of Los Andes where she has been a faculty since 2003. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge in the U.K., a Masters in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Los Andes. Her areas of expertise include electrical characterization of materials using microscopy techniques, new physco-chemical techniques for toxicity assessment, remote sensing of water and integrating nanomaterials in the field of sustainability. She also works on designing and developing kits to promote nanotechnology education and engages regularly in outreach activities with marginalized communities.