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Staff Spotlight: Cristina Soto Brings A Detailed Eye to Materials

Cristina Soto
Cristina Soto

Cristina Soto has worked on the UT Knoxville campus for quite a while, and recently took on the role of accounting specialist III in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. There she takes care of travel, invoices, payroll, and procurement cards, and says she can probably field most any question faculty or staff might come to her with.

“I’ve been at UT for around 14 years, so there isn’t much I haven’t done at some point,” said Soto. “I have experience with academic, human resources, accounting, and administrative duties and tasks.”

She feels that colleagues know about her knowledge base and often come to her as a resource, and she enjoys working with the TCE campus community.

Soto is a Knoxville native, having grown up in the Halls area. She attended Florida State University majoring in fashion design. She decided she didn’t want to move to the fashion capitals of New York or California, so she chose another career path.

“My first job out of college was in a bookkeeping role,” she said. “I realized that it was good for me since I’m a very detailed and organized person.”

Soto maintains creative endeavors through guitar playing, which she has done for 20 years. She has also been a licensed esthetician for eight years.