Keerti S. Kappagantula, a scientist in PNNL’s Energy Processes and Materials Division, was featured in ASM International’s Women in Engineering Series.
The feature appeared in the April issue of ASM’s Advanced Materials & Processes magazine. The series introduces leading materials scientists from around the world who happen to be females.
Kappagantula is part of a team that focuses on the emerging approach of Solid Phase Processing—or SPP, a disruptive approach to metals manufacturing that can be better, yet cheaper, than melt-based methods typically associated with metals manufacturing. SPP is poised to provide a distinctive competitive advantage to U.S. manufacturing.
“In high school, I wanted to become a writer. But after I understood the beauty of calculus, my focus became engineering,” says Kappagantula. “Now, a major part of my job as a scientist is research communications. So, I get to be a writer after all.
Kappagantula joined PNNL in January 2019 and was previously an assistant professor at Ohio University, where she developed a wide range of materials including polymer nanocomposites, conductive alloys, 3D printed ceramics, and explosive energetics. She obtained her Ph.D in mechanical engineering in 2014 from Texas Tech University.
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