Dr. Carolina Rojas is R&D Manager of the Functional Additives Innovation Group at Stepan Co. Her role focuses on the development of novel specialty additives for coatings and other functional markets. She joined Stepan in 2014, after seven years as R&D Innovation Leader, Specialty Materials, for AMCOL International (Minerals Technologies), where she developed multiple additives and formulations for a wide variety of consumer and industrial applications. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Tulane University. Her background is in colloid and interface science, and her experience includes emulsions and dispersions, controlled release systems, and particle surface modification.