Alexander Greenhalgh, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Brief Bio: Alex is currently an undergraduate Material Science and Engineering Major with a minor in mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Alex grew up in a mix of Arizona and New Mexico before moving to Tennessee, where he has spent most of his life. His hobbies include trail running and 3D printing. Alex has always had a fascination with computer science, so he wants to go into a field like Computational Science that combines his domain knowledge of materials with his interest in mathematics and coding.
Research and Academic Interests: In Alex’s undergraduate research and internships thus far, all his work has involved scientific visualization and materials modeling. In the past, he has designed and coded a statistical method to visualize the presence of atomic ordering in materials and run classical molecular dynamics simulations in order to obtain mechanical and thermodynamic properties of various crystalline solids. The satisfaction and skills he has gained from these projects has helped him to realize his professional goals, which involve going to graduate school and seeking a PhD in Computational Science. His math minor is allowing him to be adventurous with his course load, letting him take courses relevant to computational science and materials modeling. Because of his interest in additive manufacturing, Alex would love to conduct research using his existing skills in materials modeling to investigate the processing-structure-property-performance relationships of additively manufactured materials for nuclear applications.