|Home Address||9260 Regent Rd Apt D|
La Jolla, California 92037
|Street Address||9260 Regent Rd Apt D|
|Address Line 2||La Jolla|
|ZIP / Postal Code||92037|
|State / Province||California|
|Are your home address and mailing address the same?||Yes|
|Current college/university||University of California, San Diego|
|Degree(s) obtained (please list Degree, Institution, Year, Major(s))||Bachelors of Science in Ceramic Engineering, Alfred University, 2018|
|Degree currently seeking (include Major(s))||Doctorate in Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering|
|Adviser Name||Olivia Graeve|
|Current academic status||Graduate|
|Adviser Address||9500 Gilman Dr|
La Jolla, California 92093
|Street Address||9500 Gilman Dr|
|ZIP / Postal Code||92093|
|State / Province||California|
|Please write a short essay on activities and/or interest in asphalt technology|
Over the summer in 2018 I participated in Owens Corning’s internship program at their headquarters for Science and Technology research in Granville, Ohio. I was placed on the asphalt innovation team under Laurand Lewandowski. It was a marvelous fit for the entire team. My project at Owens Corning focused on the fundamental research of rheological patterns in differing asphalt formulations.
The first time I had exposure to polymeric materials was in my Introduction to Materials Science class at Alfred University in my second semester. We learned about the general properties of polymers and how those important chain networks form to create and vary the important properties of the products we know and use today. The lab section of the course allowed us to learn first-hand about polymer properties in products like diapers, tape, slime, and other products. I also took an organic chemistry course as part of my Bachelors of Science degree at Alfred University, which presented the fundamental knowledge that I would later need during my internship. Those courses together, made me interested in participating in that internship program, which furthered my interest into polymeric research, leading me to asphalt. I believe that my essential experiences in my courses along with my real world experience in the lab work at Owens Corning really opened my eyes into how asphalt is an essential for everyday life.
My summer internship project was the second time working with polymer up close. I had previous experience measuring and interpreting the rheology of other fluids from research early on in my undergraduate career, however, I never worked with such a fascinating, albeit, sticky, stretchy, bendy material. Because of my previous rheological experience, I was able to focus more on the material properties of the asphalt and reading/learning about the material itself and how it can be changed and influenced using additives and other chemicals. I was truly intrigued and impressed by a material that many of the general public definitely take for granted.
During my summer internship at Owens Corning, part of my group attended the Asphalt Institute’s Intern Day. I thought it was such a wonderful experience getting to meet and network with other interns in related fields along with leaders of the asphalt industry. It was incredibly interesting to learn about asphalt from many perspectives in such a short amount of time. I feel very fortunate that I was given the opportunity to participate in such an event. The conference showed me the type of people that are involved in the asphalt industry and I could not be happier to be a part of it.
|Free Response Questions|
|Provide details of any work experience relative to the highway industry|
Currently, my work experience pertaining to the highway industry was limited to exposure during day to day operations at Owens Corning for the three months I had there. Thankfully though, the methods I used in researching asphalt formulations and its rheology can be directly translated to road performance and asphalt formulation improvement overall. I would like to learn even more about the highway industry uses polymeric additives to perfect the performance and life longevity of our roads that literally everyone depends on.
|List your academic awards and honors|
- Jacobs School of Engineering Fellowship, September 2018
|Discuss your hobbies and interests|
- Learning new things
|List your school activities|
- Member, UCSD A Cappella (Soprano), October 2018 – Present