“I am working with a high entropy alloy, an advanced material with unique properties. Known for high strength and ductility, this alloy can deform up to 50 percent before breaking, lending it to damage-tolerant structures like car frames.
My research will allow me to gain an understanding of microstructure and mechanical properties and how they relate. This understanding is crucial to materials science as a whole.”
I will be learning how to use a transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope, as well as focus ion beam milling and X-ray diffraction technique. In addition to learning how to use this equipment, I will also be learning how to analyze the results and determine how microstructures correlate to material properties.
I took an honors integrated seminar titled “Love and Happiness.” It was a combination of philosophy and English. We looked at love and happiness by definition, in different cultures, and throughout history.
I will be attending five lectures organized by the College of Business. I have already attended "The Engineering of Business and the Business of Engineering" by Dan and Kent Ivanoff. The brothers are U of I alumni who moved on from engineering to start businesses. They spoke about their experiences and how their knowledge of engineering has helped.
The Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands, some of which are quite poor. I will be taking a trip to gain an understanding of some of the problems that come with trying to get energy to some of the outlying regions.
I am Outreach Chair for the U of I Society of Women Engineers. I assisted with planning Women in Engineering Day in the fall where 50 high school girls were invited to learn about engineering. This event showed engineering as a profession that these girls could pursue as they learned about the real world applications.
Grand Challenge Focus Area
The Earth is a planet of finite resources, and its growing population currently consumes them at a rate that cannot be sustained. Economical sources of clean and renewable energy must be found while ways of reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels are developed.