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Portrait of Rayla Vilar
Technology Commercialization

Rayla Vilar joined the University of Minnesota's Technology Commercialization office in 2021 after obtaining her PhD in Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University.

Rayla has 6 years of experience working in engineering R&D projects both in industry and academia. During her doctoral studies she performed research on biocementation of soils, an environmentally friendly method to strengthen soils through the bio-mediated formation of calcite. During this time she also participated in the NSF I-corps program as entrepreneurial lead and conducted engineering research projects for several state and federal government agencies.

Prior to pursuing her doctorate degree, Rayla worked as a chemical engineer for the Moura Battery Group in Brazil and earned an MBA in project management from the Fundação Getulio Vargas.