Ashley L. Kaiser, Ph.D.
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Ashley Kaiser received her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2021, where she was a 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. She currently works as a Senior Research Engineer at 3M Company in the Corporate Research Process Laboratory, Specialty Film and Polymer Processing Group.
Ashley's graduate research 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 composites and thin films incorporating polymers, ceramics, and nanomaterials; sustainable polymer films, adhesives, and plastics recycling; 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.