Gozdem Kilaz holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering. In the past 15 years, she has collaborated with multiple research teams around the world. Currently, Dr. Kilaz serves as the Chief Scientist for the Air Transport Institute for Environmental Sustainability (AirTIES). Her research is focused on aviation biofuels and sustainability. Her courtesy appointment with the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE) research center provides collaboration between the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and the college of Engineering. Gozdem is one of 15 faculty fellows appointed by the Dean of Technology for the Purdue Polytechnic Initiative (PPI) targeting transformative innovation in learning. Gozdem also serves as the Faculty Advisor of Global Aviation Leadership Association (GALA) student organization.