Women in STEM

Roopali Kukreja: Solving the Puzzles of Magnetic Materials

May 29, 2019

Since studying engineering in college, Assistant Professor Roopali Kukreja has been fascinated with how and why people choose different materials for different applications. Learning about various materials gave her a greater appreciation for the field of materials science and engineering and she has stuck with it since. Now a faculty member at UC Davis, she works to understand the dynamics in magnetic materials.

Susan Gentry: Materials Educator

May 13, 2019

Since joining the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in 2015, Susan Gentry has made waves in the College of Engineering through her assistant professor of teaching materials science and engineering position. She has overseen MSE curriculum development and education research, all while cementing herself in the department and forming relationships with her colleagues and the students she teaches each quarter.

Susan Gentry wins the 2019 ASM Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers

May 10, 2019

By Noah Pflueger-Peters

Assistant Professor of Teaching Materials Science and Engineering Susan Gentry has received the 2019 ASM Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers. The award, named after former ASM president Bradley Stoughton, recognizes young teachers in materials science and engineering who excel in inspiring and imparting knowledge to the students they teach.

Christine Smudde Awarded 2019 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship

May 07, 2019

By Brady Oppenheim

The UC Davis Department of Materials Science and Engineering congratulates graduate student Christine Smudde on being named a 2019 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF19) recipient.

Through her submitted proposal – “Microscopic Evaluation of Additively Manufactured Materials through Fatigue Crack Growth Analysis” – she was awarded a four-year, $80,000-per-year fellowship to support her innovative research, including stipend, tuition, fees, research materials and travel to a NASA laboratory.

Roopali Kukreja Reveals Two-Step Process in Magnetite’s Metal-Insulator Transition

November 15, 2018

A team of UC Davis researchers led by Assistant Professor Roopali Kukreja recently published their findings that magnetite’s transition between metal and insulator is a two-step process, instead of a one-step process like previously thought.

Magnetite is a unique material in that depending on temperature, it can either be a metal, which conducts electricity well, or an insulator, which does not. Kukreja’s team investigated this transition, theorizing that it has to do with the arrangement of the material’s electrons, and found this two-step process.

Ph.D. Student Catherine Harvey receives Fulbright Fellowship

November 13, 2018

Catherine Harvey, a Ph.D. student of Professor Subhash Risbud, has received a Fulbright Open Study/Research Award for her project, “Multifunctional Therapeutic Bioactive Glass Scaffolds as an Alternative for Bone Regeneration.” She will conduct her research with Professor María Vallet-Regí in the Department of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid from September 2018-19.

New American Ceramic Society award named after Alexandra Navrotsky

October 15, 2018

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) has established a new award named after Distinguished Professor Alexandra Navrotsky that recognizes innovation in experimental thermodynamics of solids.

The award, which will be given every other year, was established by a gift from Navrotsky herself to the society to recognize and promote exceptional thermodynamics research over a two-year period. Winners will receive a $5,000 prize and will present their research at the ACerS annual meeting.

Roopali Kukreja receives 2019 Air Force Young Investigator Research grant

October 15, 2018

Assistant Professor Roopali Kukreja has received a 2019 Air Force Office of Science and Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research grant for her proposal, “Unraveling the Speed Limit of Magnetization Dynamics in Magnetic Heterostructures.”

Kukreja studies methods to manipulate magnetism in nanomaterials at femtosecond (1x10-15 second) timescales. She uses x-rays to better understand the fundamental mechanisms that enable her to control magnetism with optical lasers.