Angelina M. Padilla received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Davis in 2006. As an undergrad, she worked as an undergrad researcher at both UC Davis and UC Irvine starting the summer following her sophomore year as part of the UC LEADS (Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees) program and the CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) summer program. She participated in several research projects including analyzing the aging of combustion particles in the atmosphere and measuring exhaust concentrations of building models in an atmospheric wind tunnel.
In 2008 she received her M.S. in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University. Her Master's work involved experimental measurement of particle transport in a half cabin model of an aircraft cabin. She earned her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 2012. Her dissertation project investigated the effect of upstream perturbations on 3D annular diffusers using MRV (magnetic resonance velocimetry) with applications for turbine exhaust diffusers. She currently is a teaching assistant professor with primary interests in fluid dynamics, particle transport, heat transfer and engineering education.