Juan P. Hinestroza is an associate professor of fiber science and directs the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at Cornell’s College of Human Ecology. He holds a PhD in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Tulane University and a BS in chemical engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander.
Juan works on understanding fundamental phenomena at the nanoscale that are of relevance to fiber and polymer science. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation Career Award, the J.D. Watson Young Investigator Award from NYSTAR, and the Educator of the Year Award from the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers.
In addition to his scientific endeavors, Juan and his research group are actively involved in community outreach activities aimed at increasing the number of members from underrepresented minority groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as engaging senior citizens in collaborative and intergenerational learning experiences.