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Meet Our Graduates: Jeremy Beam

Oct. 19, 2021—Jeremy Beam received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Charles Lukehart. His research was focused on confined-plume chemical deposition of transition metal borides and oxides initiated by pulsed, infrared tabletop lasers. He then accepted a post-doctoral position at the University of Saskatchewan and studied the coordination environment of transition metals...

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Meet Our Graduates: Thomas Stilson

Oct. 16, 2021—Thomas Stilson received his B.E. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2019 from Vanderbilt University. As an undergraduate, Thomas served on the VINSE Tech Crew, where he provided friendly after-hours support and a helping hand on equipment transfers during the new facility buildout. Thomas is now a research engineer at Utility Global, a startup in...

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Meet Our Graduates: Claire Marvinney

Oct. 14, 2021—Before starting as a staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the new Quantum Information Science Section, Claire Marvinney joined the lab as an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow in 2018, working first in the Quantum Information Science Group and then in the Quantum Heterostructures Group under the direction of Benjamin Lawrie. In her previous work,...

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Meet Our Graduates: Mengya Li

Oct. 11, 2021—Mengya Li earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University in August 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Cary Pint. Mengya’s research focus was on energy storage devices beyond lithium-ion during her PhD. She developed synthesis of several composite electrodes with specific architectures designed for high performance supercapacitors, sodium-ion batteries, and lithium-sulfur batteries. Mengya...

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Meet Our Graduates: Justin Lynch

Oct. 6, 2021—Justin Lynch received his B.E. in Chemical Engineering in 2019 from Vanderbilt University, along with a minor in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology. As an undergraduate, Justin served on the VINSE Technical Crew during the summer and academic year, where his focus was on process development to optimize many of the services offered in the cleanroom. This...

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Meet Our Graduates: Kofi Christie

Oct. 4, 2021—Kofi Christie earned his PhD in environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University in May 2020, where he worked to advance water treatment and desalination technologies for high-salinity wastewater. His thesis focused on expanding our understanding of membrane distillation through module-scale thermodynamic analysis and elucidation of the causes and effects of inorganic fouling on membrane surfaces. After receiving...

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Meet Our Graduates: Brice Harkey

Sep. 30, 2021—Brice Harkey earned her MS in Interdisciplinary Materials Science from Vanderbilt University in December of 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Kelsey Hatzell. Brice studied polymer ceramic blends in various ratios to understand benefits on Li+ – ion battery applications. In tandem, she also studied structure-property relationships by understanding the effect of molecular weight tunability...

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Meet Our Graduates: Marm Dixit

Sep. 21, 2021—Marm Dixit graduated from Vanderbilt University Mechanical Engineering with a PhD. in December 2020 under the supervision of Dr. Kelsey Hatzell. Marm worked on understanding the processing-structure-function relationships in solid-state batteries. At Vanderbilt, he investigated failure onset and growth mechanisms for several exemplary solid electrolyte materials, and developed a manufacturing platform for scalable production of hybrid solid electrolytes. Marm...

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Meet Our Graduates: Francis Afzal

Sep. 1, 2021—Francis Afzal received his Ph.D from Vanderbilt University in Electrical Engineering on December 2020. For his Ph.D work titled “Investigation of Photonic Crystal Nanobeams for Resonator Coupling, Modal Fingerprinting and Wavelength Filtering”, Francis worked under the direction of Dr. Sharon M. Weiss to investigate the optical properties of photonic crystal nanobeams and their applications. In one key...

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Meet Our Graduates: Davis Fehrman

Aug. 21, 2021—Davis Fehrman received his B.S. in Engineering Science with a concentration in nano-science and technology in 2021 from Vanderbilt University. As an undergraduate, Davis was on the VINSE Technical Crew where he learned valuable skills in photolithography, etching, deposition, and metrology through his work in the cleanroom. His focus was on creating processes for the...

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