Students

Graduate Students

Kristyn Ardrey

Kristyn Ardrey
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Florida Polytechnic University 2018
kda2ze@virginia.edu

Kristyn graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Polytechnic University and joined the Burns group in June of 2018. Due to her love for research and experimental work in the lab as an undergrad, it was natural for her to pursue a PhD. Kristyn has a passion for materials science, and within the Burns group is researching high performance coatings for 7xxx series alloys to help prevent corrosion and cracking. When not researching Kristyn has a second passion for illustrative art, which she pursues as much as she can, and exploring new places that are perfect for reading.

 

 


Luke Brown

Luke Brown
B.A. Chemistry, Rollins College 2017
lbb2ja@virginia.edu

Luke graduated from Rollins College with a degree in Chemistry and joined the Burns Research Group in July 2017. His interest in material science stemmed from his interest in practical application of his studies in chemistry to the field of engineering. His research is focused on the fatigue cracking of aerospace aluminum in high altitude environments. He enjoys playing baseball and other sports, hanging out with friends, explaining his accent, and talking to his family and girlfriend back home in Orlando.

 

 

 


Carly Cocke

Carly Cocke
B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 2018
cec4ct@virginia.edu

Carly graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and joined the Burns group in June of 2018. She decided to pursue an MS in Materials Science due to her undergraduate research into pseudowollastonite-based cement and her work with the VTRC into materials for civil engineering applications. Her project is on understanding environmental cracking in AA7050-T7451 induced by galvanic corrosion. In her free time she enjoys surfing, hiking, playing the ukulele and guitar, memes, and hanging out with friends.

 


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 superalloys. 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.

 


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.

 


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

Raewyn Haines

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

Raewyn Haines is a fourth-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.

 

 


Justine Schulte

Justine Schulte
B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, Expected May 2021
jms2xf@virginia.edu

Justine Schulte is a currently a second-year student from Trout Run, Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering as well as a minor in Materials Science. She joined the Burns Group in the spring of 2018. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, painting, theater and occasionally reading a word or two.