© 2017 by Samantha McBride, created with Wix.com 


I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and attended the University of Reno, Nevada for my undergraduate degree. I chose to study environmental engineering because of an interest in protecting the environment, and specifically, our water resources. I switched from environmental to chemical/mechanical engineering in graduate school because I wanted to expand the types of problems/research I could work on, though my passion remains with water and environment related projects.


In my (limited) off-time, I like to hike, read, and travel. I am improving my German by re-reading childhood favorites (like Harry Potter and The Hobbit) in German. After graduate school I want to remain in research fields and eventually find a faculty position. 


2015 - 2019    Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2013 - 2015    M.S. Chemical Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2009 - 2013    B.S. Environmental Engineering 

University of Nevada, Reno


2015 - 2019   Research Assistant 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Control of crystallization using engineered substrates

2018  Desalination Consultant

Ionic Materials, Woburn MA

2013 - 2015   Research Assistant

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Influence of flow and interfaces on amyloid fibrillization

2013   Research Assistant

Universitat Leuphana Luneburg (Germany)

Evaluation of exothermic salts for thermal batteries

2012 - 2013   Research Assistant

University of Nevada, Reno

Sorption of Trenbolone to humic acids


2019 - Meredith Kamm Memorial Award

2018 - Martin Sustainability Fellowship

2015 - NSF GRFP

2014 - ASGSR Travel Award

2013 - Rensselaer Graduate Fellowship

2013 - Tau Beta Pi Fellowship (Deuchler no. 33)

2013 - ASCE Water Research Competition 2nd place

2012 - ASCE College of Engineering Outstanding Service

2011 - NSF EPSCoR grant


2018 - 2019 Judge for Stockholm Junior Water Prize

2016 - 2018  ASGSR Student President 

2017 - 2018  MIT Water Club Vice President

2014 - 2016  ASGSR Student Officer

2014 - 2016  RPI Engineers for a Sustainable World

2012 - 2013  UNR ASCE Secretary 

2011 - 2013  UNR Water Treatment Team Captain


🇩🇪 Advanced German

✈️ Experiments in microgravity on a parabolic flight

🖥️ MatLab and FORTRAN simulations


☢️ Clean room fabrication 


This video was taken during the 2017 MIT Water Summit of a panel titled "The Path Forward," where I served as the panel moderator. The topic of the panel was future directions for solving critical challenges related to water and food production.