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Welcome to the Advanced Materials Lab


The Advanced Materials research group is engaged in a variety of research programs focused on materials processing and materials performance in extreme environments.  Much of the current research is focused on nuclear enabling technologies, including advanced materials development and sensors developments for in-situ nuclear reactor applications as part of the In-Pile Instrumentation Program, or I2.  Historically, the research group has been supported by:

The Department of Energy
The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES)
Idaho National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
The National Science Foundation
The Department of Defense
U. S. Navy
Office of Naval Research
Battelle Energy Alliance
Pratt and Whitney Aerospace
Emisense, Inc.
Ceramatec, Inc.
General Atomics, Inc.
Advanced Ceramic Fibers, Inc.
Boeing, Inc.
HiFunda, Inc.

Advanced Materials Lab Students Earn National Awards for Nuclear Energy Related Research

Boise State students Addie Lupercio, Kaelee Novich, and Sven Marnauzs from the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering have been awarded financial support for their nuclear energy research through the Department of Energy Integrated University Program.

These awards are part of more than $5 million nationally being distributed by the Department of Energy to further undergraduate and graduate researchers in their nuclear energy related studies. They include 45 scholarships of $7,500, and 33 fellowships of $50,000 annually for three years for students at U.S. colleges and universities.

Read the full story here!

Congratulations, Kaelee Novich!

Kaelee Novich, a Junior in the department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, recently won 1st place in Discussion Debate and 2nd place in Public Forum Debate at the 2019 National Speech and Debate Championship, in New York City. In addition to her long list of other accomplishments, Kaelee is an exemplar of cross-disciplinary education, and what it means to be a Bronco

Learn more about Kaelee

AML student highlight:

Jordan Vandegrift

Jordan Vandegrift is a Master of Science student in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering. She’s always been a natural problem solver, even as a child. Whether constructing an igloo in her backyard or disassembling the family television to diagnose a problem, she was constantly solving puzzles. This natural affinity for creative troubleshooting influenced Jordan’s future career choice. To launch her career, she applied for admission to Eastern Oregon University where she planned to study biology. She soon learned that her true interest was engineering and, after completing her freshman year at Eastern Oregon University, returned to her hometown. She chose the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE) based on the diversity and the mix of science and engineering the program offers. Based on Jordan’s accomplishments, she made a wise choice. Learn More about Jordan

Materials Science and Engineering, MSE Lab, Photo by Allison Corona

Graduate Student-Jennifer Watkins

Jennifer Watkins is a Ph.D. student in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE). She is a local Idaho resident who was born and raised in the beautiful Treasure Valley. Growing up in a rural area outside Boise, Jennifer was involved in 4-H and enjoyed the abundance of outdoor activities found all over Idaho. Jennifer was also an avid reader. In fact, she discovered science through reading and aspired to become a medical doctor.

Learn about Jennifer’s path to Materials Science and Engineering!