Jessica A. Krogstad

Title Associate Professor
Department Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Jessica A. Krogstad is an associate professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her PhD in Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara working with Prof. Carlos G. Levi in 2012.  Between 2012 and 2014, she held a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University with Prof. Kevin J. Hemker.   She has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed papers and 4 patents.  These highlight her interests in phase and microstructural evolution in both ceramic and metallic systems, including contributions on thermal barrier coatings, nanocrystalline superalloys, oxidation, corrosion and engineering education.


BS with Honors in Materials Science and Engineering
PhD in Materials

Research Areas

Her current research efforts include microstructural evolution of porous ceramics subject to irradiation through a combination of radiation enhanced diffusion and thermophoresis, microstructural and phase evolution in highly porous ceramic aerogels subject to extreme thermal gradients, development of oxidation-resistant transition metal diboride thin films, and microstructural contributions to twin-mediated, non-linear deformation of polycrystalline ceramics.


She is the recipient of a DOE Early Career Award (2016), an NSF CAREER Award (2017), the TMS Young Leaders Award (2014), a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship (2018), the ACerS Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars (2019), the TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award (2020) and the American Ceramics Society’s ECD Jubilee Global Diversity Award (2021).


Office 206 MRL