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           Since beginning my studies in the field of mechanical engineering at The University of Toledo (UT), my primary interest has been in materials research. The class that most sparked my love for engineering was Material Science that I took during my freshman year. I have always been interested in how materials perform under extreme environments and how to choose which materials will function best under certain circumstances. During my co-op rotations at Rolled Alloys, significant aspects of my job consisted of performing research to help our technical marketing team and applications engineers make cost effective decisions for the customer, which in turn led to increased sales. My research was comprised of two major processes: I developed aqueous corrosion and high temperature oxidation tests on specialty stainless steel and nickel alloys, and performed failure analysis on customers' faulty metallic components using standard metallographic principals. The ultimate goal of this research was to obtain and interpret data and knowledge to be used in technical marketing publications, providing customers with a better understanding of case specific alloy selection

           After deciding to pursue a graduate degree in engineering, my research shifted to further my learning and to obtain a broader knowledge base in the field of material science. My research in the Dynamic and Smart Laboratory at UT has been focused on learning and contributing to the field of smart materials and their application to the biomedical industry. My thesis project focused on designing, prototyping, and testing a novel blood clot removal tool comprised of nitinol. This research project consisted of choosing and optimizing proper geometries of the clot removal tool and also performing tests to select the ideal alloy of nitinol for this particular application. My secondary research project focused on 3-dimensional, additive manufacturing of metallic components. This project introduced me to the world of additive manufacturing which has become a budding area of research providing the ability manufacture alloys that are either hard to machine due to material properties or impossible to machine due to geometrical limitations. The goal of this project is to be able to create 3-dimensional products out of nitinol using traditional additive manufacturing techniques.

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