How did you decide to come to Drexel MSE for a Ph.D.?
I was an undergraduate in the MSE department and felt there was more for me to learn at Drexel. Based on my co-op experiences as an undergraduate, I knew that I wanted to pursue an advanced degree.
First Job Post-Graduation
Senior Engineer, Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL): As a senior engineer at the Savannah River National Laboratory, I research materials that are exposed to extreme environments, whether that is radiation, temperature, or a combination of both. I work with a range of materials from elastomers, ceramics, and metals.
How did you find your first job?
I came across the job posting at an American Chemical Society Conference. After an interview at the conference, I was invited to visit the laboratory and present on my thesis research.
What have you been doing since?
I have been working at SRNL on a wide variety of research projects, including projects with my former advisor, Dr. Barsoum involving the MAX phase carbides and nitrides for nuclear applications. In addition to performing research, I have been managing the laboratory's Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program.
How do you feel your Ph.D. research and education have contributed to your job?
The skills that I developed as a Ph.D. student have greatly contributed to my job. While learning academic knowledge of materials science is a must, I value the "soft" skills such as networking and communication that I developed while at Drexel.
Do you have any advice for students looking for a Ph.D. program or for current students?
My advice to students looking for a Ph.D. program is to find an advisor that you trust and can easily communicate with along with a research project that you enjoy. Research projects can come and go, but it is important that you feel comfortable with the people you will be working with, mainly your advisor.