Sofia García Fracaro is an early stage researcher for the ETN-Charming ERS 12 project. She will carry out research on the effectiveness and efficiency of gaming applications when applied for the education or in-training of chemical operation technicians/ apprentices. This research will be conducted at Merck and in collaboration with the University of Newcastle.
Sofia had studied Chemical Engineering at the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina, where she graduated in 2014.
After her undergrad degree, Sofia did a Specialization in Technological Applications of Nuclear Power at Balseiro Institute. Here she developed, for her thesis, the model for the Primary Cooling System of an Experimental Nuclear Reactor, for the Training Simulator for operators. Then, she worked for the Nuclear National Commission as a Simulator Engineer for a year and a half, modeling several Systems of the Reactor and integrating them for the Simulator.
In 2017, Sofia was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and started her Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where she is doing research in Model Predictive Control for her Master Thesis.
Sofia has held different leadership positions, such as President of the Student Association of Chemical Engineers in Mar del Plata. She has also being Teaching Assistant of different courses thought all her academic career and is a Peer Career Coach in Chicago