About Me

In the pursuit of my education, I developed an intense interest in characterizing materials subjected to extreme environments. Most recently, my interests include the evaluation of the influence of varying energy dissipation within high radiation conditions on material structures, as well as ion beam modification of materials. My research training developed skills for depth profile analysis in far-from-equilibrium structures through diffraction and electron microscopy. I am driven to seek the most effective methods for characterization, whether through improving techniques already in my toolkit or considering new processes which require my growth. This extends to outside my research as well, where I find that practicing landscape, street, and astrophotography teach me patience, creativity, perspective, and observation. I have a genuine desire to learn, to challenge and stretch my capabilities.


Awards & Recognitions

Best Poster Award – 2nd Place | The Nuclear Materials Conference, NuMat2018
Oct 2018

Chancellor’s Fellow | The University of Tennessee
Aug 2014 – Jul 2018

Excellence in Teaching Award | The University of Tennessee, Materials Science and Engineering Department
Apr 2018

Nuclear & Environmental Technology Division’s Student Stipend Award | The American Ceramics Society
Sep 2017

Received the Accolade of Knighthood | Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller
Mar 2017

Dean’s List | Drexel University
2009 – 2014

A.J. Drexel Scholar | Drexel University
2009 - 2014

Professional Affiliations and Service

American Society for Materials International (ASM)

  • Mentor, ASM Materials Education Foundation Materials Camp | 2015, 2016, 2017

Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honors Society
PA Zeta Chapter | 2012 – Present

  • President | Sep 2012 - Apr 2014

Alpha Sigma Mu, Materials Science and Engineering Honors Society
PA Alpha Chapter | 2012 – Present

Materials Advantage
2010 – Present

The American Ceramics Society (ACerS)
2010 – Present

The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS)
2010 – Present

Charitable Activities and Service

Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller
Jun 2009 – Present

  • Knight Commander of Tennessee Outpost | Mar 2017 – Present
  • Grand Almoner for the Grand Priory of the United States | 2016 – Present

Legacy Church, Knoxville
Aug 2014 – Present

  • Sound Engineer | May 2017 – Present
  • Community On Mission | 2015 – Present
    • Volunteers with the Emerald Youth Foundation
    • Volunteers with the Knoxville ReAnimation Coalition to restore the historic burial ground at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Knoxville


The University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN | 2014 - Present | Graduate GPA 3.92

Chancellor’s Fellow

  • Degree Pursued: Ph.D.
  • Position: Ph.D. Candidate - July 17, 2018
  • Expected Disertation Completion: Dec 2018
  • Topic: “The Response of Ti3SiC2 MAX Phase to Self-Ion Energy Dissipation During Energetic Irradiations at Different Temperatures”
  • Committee: Dr. William J. Weber (chair), Dr. Yanwen Zhang, Dr. Steven J. Zinkle, and Dr. Claudia J. Rawn

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA | 2009 - 2014 | GPA 3.85 | magna cum laude

Pennoni Honors College

  • Graduated with Distinction
  • Bachelors of Science in Materials Science Engineering
  • Minor in Nuclear Engineering



Conference Presentations

  • “Influence of Electronic Stopping Threshold on Damage Evolution in Ti3SiC2 Irradiated with 9 MeV Ti ions.” Poster Presentation. W.A. Hanson, Y. Zhang, W.J. Weber. The Nuclear Materials Conference
    NuMat2018 | Seattle, WA | Oct 2018
  • “Effects of Temperature and Electronic Energy Loss on the Irradiation Response of Ti3SiC2 to Self-Ions.” Oral Presentation. W.A. Hanson, Y. Zhang, W.J. Weber. International Conference on Ion Beam Modification of Materials
    IBMM2018 | San Antonio, TX | Jun 2018
  • “Irradiaion Temperature Influence on Nanolayered Response in Select MAX Phase Ceamics to High Fluence Self-ion Irradiation.” Oral Presentation. W.A. Hanson, Y. Zhang, W.J. Weber. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Annual Conference
    TMS2018 | Phoenix, AZ | Mar 2018
  • “Structural Characterization of Nanolayered Response in Select MAX Phase Ceramics to High Fluence Self-ion Irradiation.” Oral Presentation. W.A. Hanson, Y. Zhang, W.J. Weber. Materials Science and Technology Annual Conference
    MS&T2017 | Pittsburgh, PA | Oct 2017

Research Experience

Research Assistant | The University of Tennessee

Radiation Effects in Materials Group
Advisor: Dr. W.J. Weber
Knoxville, TN | Aug 2014 - Present

  • Structural and chemcial characterization of high fluence ion irradiation effects within select MAX phase ternary carbides utilizing grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and the Ion Beam Materials Laboratory (IBML).

Research Assistant | Drexel University

Dynamic Characterization Group
Advisor: Dr. M.L. Taheri
Philadelphia, PA | Jan 2013 - Jun 2014

  • Utilize in situ TEM annealing, high resolution TEM, scanning TEM, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy mapping to locate and analyze the diffusion behavior of implanted Ag ions to bring visibility to potential mechanisms of fission product release observed in current TRISO fuel configurations

Co-op | Carpenter Technology Corp.

Product Process Technology
Reading, PA | Apr 2013 - Sep 2013

  • Developed and optimized a robust centerless grinding practice that more than doubles throughput without sacrificing quality for use in a new production line and current operations
  • Assisted with operations analysis; employed information in the implementation and improvement of new production line development
  • Integrated and consolidated data and performed analysis to improve yield retention in practices at the Latrobe Specialty Metals facility
  • Composed technical reports and presentations for documentation of findings
  • Presented findings to managers, supervisors, and coordinators
  • Performed analysis of potential alloy process improvement and presented recommendations at stage review

Research Assistant | Drexel University

MAX Phase Research Group
Advisor: Dr. M.W. Barsoum
Philadelphia, PA | Mar 2012 - Oct 2012

  • Project Lead – Development of fully dense MAX phase ternary carbides with Niobium and Zirconium in solid solution for nuclear fuel cladding applications
  • Developed novel MAX phases including Ti2CdC, Ti2SbP, and inexpensive MX-ene from inexpensive, waste material

Co-op | Carpenter Technology Corp.

Alloy Research & Development
Reading, PA | Mar 2011 - Oct 2011

  • Project Lead – Developed a time, temperature, transformation (TTT) diagram for PremoMet and Temper-Tough Alloys
  • Project Lead – Created a spheroidal anneal heat treatment for PremoMet and Temper-Tough Alloys that is offered as an available sale condition for these alloys
  • Performed crack growth (da/dn) and fracture toughness studies for PremoMet and Temper-Tough Alloys
  • Executed failure analysis and microscopy to rate grain scale of multiple alloys
  • Prepared findings in presentation format for weekly team meetings

Researcher / STAR Scholar | Drexel University

MAX Phase Research Group
Advisor: Dr. M.W. Barsoum
Philadelphia, PA | Mar 2010 - Mar 2011

  • Planned experimental program implementing new methods to study Ga equilibrium intergranular films
  • Prepared samples in crucibles; programmed and performed diffential scanning callorimetry (DSC)
  • Observed samples with XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Presented findings through written report and scientific poster presentation to Drexel University faculty

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant | The University of Tennessee, Materials Science and Engineering Department

Principles of Materials Laboratory I & II
Instructor: Chris Wetteland
Laboratory Course | Jan 2017 - May 2018

  • Assisted in developing lab curricula and ran labs and demonstrations
  • Developed quizzes and rubrics for assignments
  • Graded quizzes, abstracts, reports, and oral and poster presentations

X-ray Diffraction
Instructor: Dr. Claudia J. Rawn
Lecture and Laboratory Course | Aug 2015 - Dec 2015

  • Guest lecturer: grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD) special topic
  • Assisted in developing lab curricula and ran labs and demonstrations
  • Developed rubrics for and graded lab reports


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