Undergraduate Institution: Caltech (2009)
Hometown: Miami, FL, USA
Maritza’s research focused on exploring the frontiers of high heat flux cooling through the development and characterization of an innovative, spiraling radial inflow heat sink design. She has experimentally characterized single phase and two phase flow in this type of heat sink, as well as developed analytic models for describing the heat and momentum transport in the system. Applications for this compact, microchannel heat sink include use in electronics cooling or concentrated photovoltaics cooling. Her research interests include two phase flow and boiling heat transfer, compact heat exchanger design, surface wettability effects on heat transfer, concentrated solar technologies and renewable energy systems. She is passionate about pursuing research that can help to increase the use of renewable energy technologies in our society. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Maritza is an advocate for fostering inclusion and diversity in science and engineering and served as the chair of the Graduate Women of Engineering at UC Berkeley from 2010 to 2014. In her free time she enjoys cooking Cuban food, drinking coffee, and riding her bicycle.