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Ben Herren

Research Assistant
Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering


Ben graduated from Boise State in Spring 2016 with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with minor studies in Physics and History.  At Boise State, he worked as a Learning Assistant for the Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory class (2014-2015), a Peer Leader for the Peer-Led Teaching and Learning (PLTL) portion of the Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering lecture class (2015), and – most recently – a research assistant in the Applied Electrochemistry and Corrosion Research Group (2015-present).

In this group, he has worked with:

  • The Waterbox Pipeline Corrosion education module
  • The LEGO MSE education project
  • Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) to test the corrosion protection offered by coatings on steel and aluminum refrigeration pipeline components
  • Any other group projects needing assistance

Ben gained some experience as an undergraduate with metallurgical phase treatments, electrochemistry and corrosion, and Physics and MSE education.  He is also interested in metallic, ceramic, and cermet processing; cellular materials; amorphous/glassy materials; and engineering materials’ properties at surfaces, interfaces, and grain boundaries.  Ben will be starting Ph.D. studies in Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology in Fall 2016.

His hobbies include building and riding bicycles, running, hiking, reading, music, and learning new things. Enjoying the benefits of living in the Northwest (including local craft breweries and brews) is a high priority.