Collen received a B.S. in Bioengineering in 2006 and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2008, both from the University of Toledo. She completed her Master’s thesis, under the guidance of Dr. Isabel Escobar in Chemical Engineering and Dr. Cyndee Gruden in Civil Engineering, studying the modification of cellulose acetate ultrafiltration membranes with a temperature-sensitive polymer film. The idea was to create a dynamic surface on the membrane that reduces biofouling. Colleen remained under the direction of Drs. Escobar and Gruden and is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Chemical Engineering program by doing more research in membrane modification. Her research involves post-synthesis modification of water filtration membranes. She works with the temperature sensitive polymer N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAM). Novel heating mechanisms such as RF heating using iron nanoparticles and ultrasound are being explored.