Jasio Santillan was born and raised in El Paso, Texas before moving to Pittsburgh for school. For his undergraduate education he double majored in Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
He also stayed an extra year to get an M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering and during his time at CMU, was a part of numerous research projects including: snake robots, artificial lungs, nanoparticle drug delivery, synthetic composite marimba keys, and programmable shape changing materials (patent pending).
Apart from research, Jasio has a passion for outreach which led him to develop a Superhero Materials Science themed class and a Science @ Home YouTube series with CMU. Eventually, this brought him to work with The Citizen Science Lab where he continues to share his passion for research and STEM.