Structure property relationships have fascinated me from the day I first saw atoms with a transmission electron microscope. After completing three internships in nanotechnology, I expanded my scope by majoring in materials science and engineering at the University of Tennessee. Outside of class, I have delved deeper into ceramics study while focusing on hydrothermal, sol-gel, and solid-state synthesis of conductive transparent oxides. Following a year spent enjoying this work, I decided explore the mechanical behavior and failure analysis of high temperature alloys at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the Materials Science and Technology Division. As a current research intern at (ORNL), I enjoy the daily opportunity to problem solve, optimize processes, and analyze findings. I am in search of a career in industry that will offer such opportunities and hope to begin applying my experience, passion for materials, and drive to an engineering company soon.