Victoria Granja is a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Rice University. She earned both her B.S. and her M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Escuela Politécnica Nacional in Ecuador. After graduating with the highest honors, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to pursue her doctoral studies. Her research interests lie in the development of novel additives to enhance the tribological performance of lubricants and in the prediction of the wear behavior of materials using artificial intelligence. She currently works in the Particle Flow and Tribology Laboratory directed by Professor C. Fred Higgs III.
Victoria has actively participated in various leadership positions at Rice University. She is also a member of the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Association for Women in Science.