Susana is a doctor and M.Sc. in Nanotechnology from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) and Chemical Engineer from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC).
She is a researcher in the projects "Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology for Sustainable Development" and "Technical Assistance for Manufacturing Companies and Prototype Development" endorsed by the National Secretariat of Science and Technology (Senacyt).
In 2011, she was selected as a Carolina Foundation intern, investigating new materials and methods of manufacturing solar cells at the Institute of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials of the UCLM. She was selected to participate in the Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) 2014-2016 and worked on a project focused on energy microgrids in isolated communities.
In 2015, she completed a research stay at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at the University of California, UC-Berkeley. She currently collaborates with the California Renewable Energy CAL-RAE group of UC-Berkeley in sustainability issues, convergent technologies, renewable energy and education by inquiry in CTI.
She is currently a member of MATECSS UNESCO Materials Network, Affordable Energy For All Global Change Initiative (AE4H) and Nanotechnology Disclosure Network "José Roberto Leite" (Nanodyf). She is also a member of the Nanotechnology Network of Guatemala (NanoteG), the International Network of Scientists of Guatemala and the Metropolitan Network of Women Scientists of Guatemala (SENACYT).
Other memberships include the Academy of Medical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Guatemala, the Organization of Women in Sciences for Developing Countries (OWSD).