Ashley L. Kaiser
Ph.D. Candidate and Research Assistant
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ashley Kaiser is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she is a Ph.D. candidate and 2018 NDSEG Fellow working in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics under Professor Brian L. Wardle. She received her M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT in 2019, and her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017.
Ashley's graduate research is focused on process development, model-driven experimental design and validation, and nanomaterials synthesis, modeling, and process-structure-property characterization to design bulk nanostructured materials with enhanced performance and manufacturability, which are suitable for a variety of industrial and commercial applications. She enjoys working in a challenging and collaborative environment, and she is passionate about STEM outreach and related university service and leadership development initiatives in addition to her technical work.
Specifically, Ashley's research interests include the study of multifunctional nanofiber composites and thin films incorporating polymers and ceramics, advanced micro- and nano-manufacturing towards large-scale materials processing for commercialization, predictive nanomaterial patterning and self-assembly via interfacial engineering, 2D nanomaterials, and ultrastrong, lightweight, and high temperature materials for a wide range of industries, such as defense, aviation & aerospace, healthcare & life sciences, electronics, and renewable energy.