My name is Samantha McBride and I am a PhD candidate at MIT in the department of mechanical engineering. I work with Professor Kripa Varanasi on problems related to wettability, controlled crystallization, and material sustainability. Specifically, my dissertation focuses on controlled formation of crystal patterns from drops and on anti-fouling materials for use in water treatment and desalination. Prior to joining MIT, I received an MS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS in Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. I will be finishing my PhD in Fall of 2019, and am actively looking for post-doctoral work.
I have been working in academic research for over 7 years, where I have focused on topics related to water engineering, fluid mechanics, and interfacial science. My work in research began as an interest in preserving the world's water supply. I continue to work on water problems as an MIT Martin Fellow, and have served as vice president of the MIT Water Club. During my master's work at RPI, I also became very involved with the microgravity research community (the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, ASGSR) through a NASA-funded project led by Professor Amir Hirsa exploring use of a drop reactor to investigate interfacial phenomena. I served as student president of ASGSR for two years, where I had many great opportunities to learn about other fields of microgravity research and engage with science education & outreach. I remain passionate about developing new technologies for improving water quality across the globe, and fascinated by the ways we can use microgravity for fundamental science investigations.
To learn more about my research, check out the recent highlights at the bottom of the page, or click on the Research or Publications tabs on the top menu. Feel free to contact me to discuss research, science outreach/advocacy, issues related to water sustainability, or microgravity research!