Nataly Bañol Arias received the B.Sc. degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira (UTP), Pereira, Colombia, in 2012, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the São Paulo State University (UNESP), Ilha Solteira, Brazil, in 2015, and 2019, respectively. From May 2017 to April 2018, she was a visiting Ph.D. student at the Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark. From March 2019 to July 2021 she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Electrical and Computing Engineering, Department of Systems and Energy at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, Brazil.
Currently, she is a researcher with the Mathematics of Operations Research group at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, conducting research on smart grids and sustainable energy systems. Her areas of research are the development of methodologies for the optimization, planning, and control of modern distribution systems including electric vehicles and renewable energy sources, energy transition, decarbonization of energy systems, and development and deployment of microgrids.