Siti Salina Sarkawi was born in Johor, Malaysia on 17 December. She obtained her degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA in 1998. She joined Malaysian Rubber Board in 2000 as a research officer. In 2003, she pursued her MSc in Polymer Materials Science and Engineering at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester, United Kingdom. After completing her MSc, in 2004 with a thesis dissertation entitled ‘Deformation Micromechanics of Natural Cellulose Fibre’, she came back to Malaysia to continue working with Malaysian Rubber Board as a research officer. She had experience with Malaysian rubber industry in technical advisory and her research work/areas of interest are: natural fillers, epoxidised palm oil and epoxidised natural rubber/silica compounding.

She joined ETE Group as a PhD student in January 2010 on the project ‘Nano-reinforcement of silica for tire rubber: silica technology for Natural Rubber’.