Students

Graduate Students

Noelle Co

Noelle Co
B.S. Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, 2004
M.S. Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, 2010
ncc2bf@virginia.edu

Noelle started her career as an instructor at the University of the Philippines after she obtained her BS degree. She joined Intel Technology Philippines in 2007 as a Package Failure Analysis Engineer and transferred to Manila Water Company as a Material Standards Manager in 2010. She came to United States in 2013 to pursue graduate studies with research focused on pit to crack transition of 7050 Aluminum Alloy under the supervision of Prof. Burns. She is an active member of the Society of Metallurgical Engineers of the Philippines (SMEP), Young Engineers Society of the Philippines (YESP) and the Young Engineers Association of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organization (YEAFEO). She loves to chat with her family in the Philippines during her free time. She also does volunteer work in the Korean Community Church in Charlottesville every Sunday.


Zachary Harris

Zachary Harris
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Boise State University, 2014
zdh8kt@virginia.edu

Zach joined the Burns Group in August 2014 after completing his undergraduate work at Boise State. He came to the University of Virginia after developing a keen interest in environmentally-assisted fracture while interning at Sandia National Laboratories in CA. In the lab, Zach is working to better understand the influence of strengthening precipitate morphology on hydrogen-assisted cracking in Ni-based superaloys. This work will be used to better inform micromechanical models and provide insight into crack tip-deformation interactions in precipitation-strengthed materials. Outside of the lab, he enjoys spending time with wife, Michelle, being outdoors, playing basketball, talking with his family back in CA, and reading.

 


Andrew Jamieson

Andrew Jamieson
B.S. Metallurgical Engineering, University of Utah, 2016
asj3nm@virginia.edu

Andrew grew up in Reno, Nevada. He has always been interested in engineering and eventually chose to study metallurgical engineering at the University of Utah due to his interest in metals and their many applications. Andrew was an engineering intern for Rio Tinto in 2014 and the US Army Research Laboratory in 2015. Andrew desired to study fatigue of metal in graduate school because of the many factors and unanswered questions it involves. At the University of Virginia, he feels fortunate to be able to investigate environmental effects on fatigue for aerospace applications with a primary focus of fatigue crack initiation in turbine alloys. Andrew enjoys many activities outside of school, and he wants to buy a boat someday to take his kids waterskiing, wakeboarding, etc.

 


Matthew McMahon

Matthew McMahon
B.S. Geology, Texas A&M University, 2015
mm5kn@virginia.edu

Matt joined the Burns group in July 2015 after conducting nanocomposite research and obtaining a B.S. in Geology with dual honors at Texas A&M University. He has primarily developed an interest in crystallography and environmental effects through studying mineralogy and oceanography. These interests have led to his work under Drs. Burns and Scully studying functional smart coatings to mitigate intergranular corrosion and stress corrosion cracking in 5000 series Al-Mg naval alloys. When not in the lab, he often tries to soak up a bit of nature through fishing and hiking, or he simply enjoys painting, language study, and exercise.

 


Allison Popernack

Allison Popernack
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2015
asp4uk@virginia.edu

Allison joined the Burns group in August 2015. She is analyzing the stress corrosion cracking behavior of Co-Ni superalloy in marine environments. She interned at NASA Langley Research Center studying metallic diffusion behavior in electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) in 2013 and 2014, then interned at Corning Inc. in 2015 in their metallurgy group. She focused in metallurgy and metal casting during her undergraduate career at Virginia Tech by working at VTFIRE. Allison enjoys doing art projects in her spare time.

 

 


Patrick Steiner

Patrick Steiner
B.S. Chemistry, University of Virginia, 2015
pjs6av@virginia.edu

Patrick joined the Burns Group in June 2015 after earning his BS degree here at the University of Virginia. As a chemistry major, Patrick actively sought out materials science research and classes, eventually working for two years under Prof. Fitz-Gerald on projects such as creating Fe-Ni nanoparticles using Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) and surface laser modification of magnesium alloys for improved corrosion resistance. His current research focuses on the environmentally-assisted stress corrosion cracking of 5xxx series aluminum in atmospheric conditions. Outside of work, Patrick enjoys playing video games, IM sports, camping, and hanging out with his friends.

 


Adam Thompson

Adam Thompson
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University, 2015
awt7cu@virginia.edu

Adam joined the Burns Group in August of 2016. His educational and professional life started when he got his Associate’s Degree in Electron Microscopy at MATC, a technical college in Madison, Wisconsin. He then moved to Boise, Idaho to start his career at Micron Technology working in their TEM lab, while pursuing his undergraduate at Boise State University. He came to the University of Virginia after spending 12 years in Idaho, where he is now working on understanding the effects of low temperature and low water vapor pressure on fatigue crack propagation rates in aerospace aluminum alloys. When not in the lab he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristen, his four pets (2 dogs/2 cats), talking with his family in Wisconsin/Idaho, cooking and watching football.


Undergraduate Students

Fernando Mata Cordero

Fernando Mata Cordero
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia, Expected May 2019
fm5ew@virginia.edu

Fernando is a first year undergraduate student from Reston, Virginia. He joined the group in January 2016, and is currently studying how corrosion morphologies affect fatigue life and fatigue crack growth in an aluminum alloy. When not doing school work, Fernando likes to volunteer in the Albemarle Housing Improvement Project, go on adventures with the Outdoors Club, play IM sports, and call his family in Reston and Costa Rica.

 


Raewyn Haines

Raewyn Haines
B.S. Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, Expected May 2019
rlh3dn@virginia.edu

Raewyn Haines is a second-year student from Vienna, Virginia, currently pursuing a degree in Systems Engineering with a minor in Materials Science Engineering. She joined the Burns Group in Fall of 2016. She is a member of Virginia Motorsports (in which she works with a team to build and race an off-road vehicle) and in her free time enjoys running and hiking.

 

 


Richard Hardis
B.S. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, Expected May 2017
rph4bz@virginia.edu

Richard is currently a third year undergraduate student working in the Burns group. Originally from Rye, New York, Richard came to Virginia for the warmer weather and southern hospitality. In addition to his major, Richard is also pursuing a Systems Engineering minor through the Technology Leaders Program. Outside of school, Richard enjoys playing all kinds of IM sports and exploring the outdoors activities offered around Charlottesville.


Kendall Mueller

Kendall Mueller
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia, Expected May 2018
km4ex@virginia.edu

Kendall Mueller is a third-year student from Houston, Texas currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science Engineering. She joined the Burns Group in Fall of 2016 and is a member of Virginia Motorsports and the UVa Undergraduate Research Network. Outside of school, Kendall enjoys hiking, photography, playing piano, and spending time with her friends' dogs.

 

 


Cameron Springer

Cameron Springer
B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia, Expected May 2018
cef8rk@virginia.edu

Cameron Springer is a second year undergraduate Electrical Engineering student from Norfolk, VA. He joined the Burns Research Group in fall of 2015. He is currently studying how the sulfur concentration at grain boundaries affects enivronmental cracking in a Ni-based superalloy. Cameron is heavily involved in Army ROTC and is also a member of the Honor Support Officer pool. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, football, and soccer as well as working out and running.