- Ph.D., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2021
- M.S., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2019
- B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, 2016
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016 – 2021
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Dr. Filie employs her expertise in chemical engineering and materials science to understand and solve problems for a variety of industries, including chemical, automotive, renewable energy, industrial processing and energy utilities industries. With ample experience working in interdisciplinary teams, she investigates issues with processes involving chemical reactions and mass and heat transport.
Dr. Filie's primary consulting area consists of catalysts and catalytic processes applicable to industrial chemical manufacturing, value-added chemicals derived from biomass, abatement of automotive emissions, and electrochemical fuel cells. In the investigation of matters regarding catalyst performance, durability, fouling and failure, Dr. Filie performs advanced characterization of nanoscale materials using electron microscopy and X-ray spectroscopic methods.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Filie conducted research in heterogeneous catalysis during her doctoral studies at Harvard University. Her dissertation focused on the catalytic performance of dilute palladium-in-gold nanoparticles supported on silica for oxidation catalysis. She designed and executed the testing of catalyst materials in gas-phase flow reactors and accrued experience using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS/EDX), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). While at Harvard, she also developed and taught "Systems Thinking and Design to Address Human Challenges," teaching students tools to analyze the interactions between elements of a system and facilitating their application to current societal challenges.
Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Filie held an internship in the chemical company Badische Anilin und Sodafabrik (BASF) leading design meetings and overseeing project execution for a wastewater management project and electrical grounding project. She also held research assistantships in heterogeneous catalysis working with zeolite materials for biomass decomposition and supported silver nanoparticles for ethylene epoxidation.