Students

Graduate Students

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.


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 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.

 


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.

 


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 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.

 

 


Michael Ritzo
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia, Expected May 2018
mar3dm@virginia.edu