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Kayna Lee Mendoza Trujillo is a Hispanic engineer, scientist, researcher, and peer-reviewed author. She is a PhD fellow at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering Department with research interest spanning magnetic materials and its applications for sustainable energy and transportation. 
Growing up, she was always interested in the "WHY?" It didn't really matter, the topic that is, moreso the curiosity of why "things" worked, what "things" were made of, and most fascinating to her, how did "things" fail and could they be fixed. In 2012, she met with her future mentor, Dr. Stafford,  who opened the world of materials science to her, specifically in failure analysis investigation, leading her to pursue and graduate Cum Laude from the University of Texas at El Paso, with a Bachelor's of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. She pursued further higher education in the United Kingdom and graduated with Distinction from Swansea University, with a Master's of Science in Materials Engineering, where she worked with the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre on novel materials for turbine disc applications. 

She has since translated this passion for learning into a successful career as a Materials Scientist and Engineer. She always strives to learn, develop, and evolve her unique engineering perspective, approaching every task, project, and challenge she comes across as an experience to grow. To find out more about her work, or to discuss potential opportunities, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

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