Materials Science and Engineering
Komal received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012. Her undergraduate research, in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, was focused on computational materials science. She worked on the estimation of uncertainty in orientation distribution functions using Monte Carlo techniques which resulted in a publication. In Fall 2015, she started the M.S./Ph.D. program at UC-Irvine. Her M.S. project focused on the investigation of metal-doped TiO2-B as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. Currently, she is continuing her Ph.D. under joint advising of Prof. Martha Mecartney and Prof. Will Bowman.
Komal’s research project is based on the effects of sintering techniques on grain boundaries in single-phase and multi-phase ceramics. She is particularly interested in characterizing segregation at grain boundaries and point defect generation in the bulk which can impact the materials properties, such as thermal conductivity.
Fellowships & Awards (since PhD started):
2018-present: Graduate Fellowship in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship
2015-present: PhD Provost Fellowship – University of California, Irvine
2018: Second Place, Ceramographic Competion – MS&T Conference
2019: M&M Student Scholar Award – Microscopy Society of America
Creuziger, A., K. Syed, and T. Gnäupel-Herold. “Measurement of Uncertainty in Orientation Distribution Function Calculations.” Scripta Materialia 72-73 (2014): 55-58