Megan Emigh

Department GRA 2014-2018
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Megan graduated with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) in 2012 with highest honers. She has been a Ph.D. Student at UIUC since August 2012 and joined the Krogstad research group in August 2014. Megan was a postdoc at UCSB between 2019-2021.


BS with Honors in Materials Science and Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT); 2012


Defects and functionality of metallic structural thin films

Research Areas

Megan’s previous research includes fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cells at NMT. Following her research at NMT, she joined Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as a student researcher where she investigated methods to increase stability of UO2 pellets during the nuclear fuel cycle. Also while at LANL, Megan analyzed discontinuous phase transformations during aging of uranium-niobium alloys.  Megan’s current work focuses on characterizing the microstructure of sputtered metallic thin films in order to understand their creep and oxidation behaviors relative to bulk materials. Megan utilizes techniques such as focused ion beam liftout (FIB), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM).


Megan’s awards include the Ashman Award from NMT in 2012 and the Hamer Fellowship from UIUC that same year.