Supervising Faculty: Dr. Veerle Keppens
Amanda has been interested in all of the new developments in materials science or engineering since she began her major, and has pursued different research projects since the summer of her sophomore year. She has experience with heat treating with steels, wear testing of polymer composites for knee replacements, and the effects of carbides in steel during tensile testing using x-ray diffraction. For her doctoral degree, she will be working on crystalline thermoelectric materials – materials that are good electronic conductors but poor thermal conductors. These materials can generate power from a temperature gradient or provide cooling when a small voltage is applied. She hopes to do her part in helping improve energy production by providing a more efficient way to produce energy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with my family, hiking, rock climbing, and ultimate Frisbee!
Bachelor’s of Science in Materials Engineering - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Awards and Recognitions
- Engineering Student of the Year - Alabama Society of Professional Engineers
- President of AFS and Materials Advantage Societies - University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory