Michele Ostraat

Downstream Research Center Leader, Aramco Research Center – Boston

Michele Ostraat, Downstream Research Center Leader for the Aramco Research Center – Boston, serves in a leadership role directing a technical team in applied research in chemistry, materials science, and engineering.  Her team translates materials discovery into commercial opportunities for diverse technologies, including membranes for gas separation, porous materials for catalysis, and advanced composites for corrosion resistance.  Prior to joining Aramco, she held numerous technical positions with increased responsibilities spanning new product and process development, prototyping, research and development portfolio management, and technology transfer.

Michele was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs and Agere Systems, examining the synthesis of rare-earth doped aerosol nanoparticles and investigating the behavior of chalcogenide phase change materials.  Michele earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, CA.  She currently holds fourteen patents with additional patents pending in diverse technical areas, including:  nanotechnology, advanced catalysts, and electronic materials.  She has been a German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Co-Chair, an International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) World Chemistry Congress Young Observer, and a National Academy of Engineering U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Recipient.