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Deborah Ortiz

Deborah Ortiz is originally from Berkeley, California. She is an alumnus of Georgia Tech as well as the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she majored in chemistry with applications to the solution of environmental problems. Her academic research expertise includes the synthesis of Cadmium Telluride Nanoparticles for cancer detection applications, investigating the flow of nano-confined water on the surface of varying wettability for nano-fluidic and erosion applications. Currently, Ortiz works as a Hazardous Waste manager at Newtech, where she assesses medical waste disposal technologies, as well as prepares plans to transport hazardous waste from various federal locations, including the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers and Veterans Administration Hospitals.

Through this position, Ortiz is learning federal regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency as well the Department of Transportation. She is also formulating various consumer products, such as a personal lubricant, natural hair care products without additives that are detrimental to human and environmental health (such as parabens, which can mimic estrogen). Ortiz currently serves on the board of the South River Watershed Alliance, where she works to minimize pollution in the river, all while bringing residents back to the river for recreational activities.

Deborah Ortiz, SC 319; Office Hours: M 3pm –4pm and Thurs 11am-12pm; dortiz2@spelman.edu