Dr. Naoko Ellis (PhD ’03 CHBE) is a professor in the UBC Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering with a profound desire to help create a sustainable future. She is a professor in the UBC Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She is also an alumna and graduated from UBC with her PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2003. Her commitment to a sustainable future is evident in her research interests, which include biomass utilization (bio-oil upgrading, biochar potential, and biodiesel production), sustainability leadership, CO2 capture (chemical looping combustion), and multiphase systems. She also works towards her sustainability goals as Acting Senior Research Director of the CMC Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute and through sustainability-related projects in the community. Although much of her time is invested in teaching and meeting with graduate students, she still finds time to work in the lab and to help her three daughters with their homework.