I am a fourth-year Materials Science & Engineering PhD student at Arizona State University working with Prof. Peter Crozier. My current research focus is on using environmental in situ Transmission Electron Microscopy to gain a fundamental understanding of carbon deposition on solid oxide fuel cell anode catalyst materials. Observing materials under near reaction conditions can provide insights into the deformation mechanisms which may lead to mitigation strategies. Previously, I attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA where my research was focused on chemical and optical properties of various glass systems.
I began to feel a sense of belonging to MSA at M&M 2015 in Portland, OR, the first M&M meeting that I attended. The number of microscopy professionals that made themselves available for discussions with students was astounding. The level of inclusion that I felt within the society inspired me to become more involved. This started with the Student Bursary Program at M&M 2016 in Columbus, OH where I was also able to network with other students at the social mixer, the MSA Student Committee meeting, and various other events. Ultimately, this led me to become a member of the newly formed MSA Student Council and an organizing member of the MSA Student Council Inaugural Pre-Meeting Congress (PMCx60). The level of support that I have witnessed from many MSA members continues to reinforce my desire to be an actively engaged member of the Society.
As the Treasurer of the MSA Student Council and the Activities and Social Chairperson of the inaugural PMCx60 for Students and Early-Career Professionals I want to encourage other students to become interested in leadership roles and provide more student networking opportunities. PMCx60 was a huge success and I hope to inspire other students to become involved with the MSA Student Council after seeing what we accomplished at M&M 2017! I am extremely excited to help create an even bigger and better PMCx60 at M&M 2018. Be on the lookout for updates on our Microscopy Society of America – Students Facebook page!