Elizabeth's research is driven by a keen interest in the behavior of aerospace structures under different conditions. As a Ph.D. student in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and associated with the Intelligent Structural Systems Laboratory (ISSL), she is eager to explore the intricate world of aerospace engineering and contribute to its advancement.

Her research focuses on the probabilistic structural health monitoring of composite structures subjected to impact testing. The push for weight reduction has been a significant catalyst for innovation in aviation, aimed at reducing the environmental impact. Modern aircraft predominantly utilize fiber-reinforced polymer composites to decrease weight and carbon emissions. However, these composites are not typically used in areas prone to impacts (such as debris, birds, or ice); this includes the front fuselage, leading edges, and engine fan blades. The reluctance to use composites in these areas is largely attributed to the limited understanding of their dynamic behavior when impacted. She is investigating this area, seeking innovative approaches to effectively and efficiently evaluate and quantify common impact damages.

Research Interests

Composite Materials and Structures

Structural Health Monitoring

Finite Element Modeling and Analysis

Elizabeth has become adept in various research techniques relevant to aerospace engineering. Her expertise was further strengthened during her tenure at the Aerospace Structures and Materials Lab (ASML) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Although her capabilities continue to develop, she has an expanding proficiency in finite element modeling and analysis, an essential tool for comprehending structural behavior.

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"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."

- Wernher von Braun

Von Braun (1912-1977) was a German-American physicist and rocket engineer whose team launched the first US satellite into space.