Dr. Sandi has nearly two decades of experience in the national laboratory complex. Her research interests include nuclear forensics, nanoscale engineering and materials for energy storage.
Sandi came to Argonne in 2020 from Rush University Medical College where she was the Director of the Office of Rush Mentoring Programs from 2013 to 2020, supporting the successful transition of junior faculty to independent investigators. She also was associate professor in the Department of Microbial Pathogens and Immunity at Rush University Medical College.
Prior to her time at Rush, Sandi served as Argonne’s Women in Science and Engineering Program Initiator in 2012. In that capacity, she provided support for the success of women in science and pushed for gender equity. From 2007 to 2011, Sandi served as the Argonne Postdoctoral Programs Coordinator in the Division of Educational Affairs and received the UChicago Argonne, LLC, Board of Governors Pinnacle of Education Award for contributions and leadership in establishing and managing Argonne’s postdoctoral program.
Sandi first joined Argonne as a postdoctoral fellow in 1994 where she conducted fundamental research in the areas of energy storage, materials for hydrogen storage, electrocatalytic membranes, nuclear forensics, sensor development and nanoscale engineering. She was also an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Dr. Sandi is the recipient of the 2004 Luminary Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering, and Leadership (granted by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference) and the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award in Education, Great Minds in STEM. She is also the recipient of the 2019 organizational leadership award granted by the Group of Women in Medicine in Science of the American Association of Medical Colleges.
Dr. Sandi holds a PhD in chemistry from Northern Illinois University and has 89 scientific publications, seven book chapters and three U.S. patents.