has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and is currently an associate professor at North Carolina A&T State University. She is also the founder of a start-up company (a university spin out), Bio-Adhesive Alliance Inc., which is focusing on the scale-up and commercialization of a new bio-based adhesive invented and patented by NC A&T University of behalf of Dr. Fini. She is also an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.
She is currently the lead investigator on several ongoing projects sponsored by NCHRP, U.S. Department of Transportation and NSF. Three of them are related to sustainable bio-based adhesives for pavement construction. In addition, she recently established a center on highway pavement preservation sponsored by U.S. Department of Transportation. She has also taught courses such as Synthesis and Characterization of Sustainable Construction Materials, Advanced Material Characterization, Transportation and Pavement Design, Asphalt Materials, Introduction to Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Construction Projects, Geometric Design of Roads and Construction Engineering. She was also invited by the Kavli Frontiers of Science of National Academy of Sciences to talk about her research on bio-adhesive from animal waste. To date, she has published 75 research papers and reports in the area of pavement materials and construction. She recently served as the invited speaker for Adhesive and Sealant Council, the North Carolina Society of Engineers, the Greensboro Sustainability Council and the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists to talk about sustainable construction adhesives. She also had an interview with WIRED magazine and her research on bio-adhesive was featured by North Carolina People and News14 Carolina.