Lynnora O. Grant, a second-year graduate student in MSNE, received a Ford Foundation 2019 Predoctoral Fellowship. She graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 2017, wheere she received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Grant’s research focuses on designing ways to preserve the features in binder jet 3D-printed ceramics by understanding how to prevent high-temperature “creep” (deformation of a material when heated). Her Ford Foundation acceptance letter lauded Grant’s “scholarly competence as well as the promise that you show for future achievement as a scholar, researcher, and teacher in an institution of higher education.”
Chris Hareland, a senior in MSNE, won a National Science Foundation fellowship. In the fall he will enter the doctoral program at Northwestern University, where he has received a Ryan Fellowship with the International Institute for Nanotechnology.
In the Cordero group, he works on a processing technique called ultrasonic powder compaction, which enables him to densify nanocrystalline powder. By studying the effects of compaction on its structure, he hopes eventually to make large components out of the nanocrystalline material.
Lauren Poole, a senior in chemical engineering, won a SMART (Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation) fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense. She will spend 12 weeks this summer as a research scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. She will pursue a Ph.D. in MSNE at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
She researches the response of additively manufactured metallic composites at hyper-velocity. Among the applications for such work is spacecraft shielding from micro-meteroids and orbital debris traveling at several kilometers per second and causing severe damage.
Christopher Reyes is a postdoctoral research associate in MSNE who earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at Duke University last year. He has received a two-year appointment as a junior fellow in the Rice University Academy of Fellows. Cordero is his mentor.
He explores novel applications of such additive manufacturing technologies as binder-jet 3D printing and fused-deposition modeling.