When 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Sep 24, 2021
Where 1571 G.G. Brown
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State of the Department/MSE Alumni Merit Award winner

Dr. Michelle Griffith
Sandia National Labs

As part of Homecoming Weekend, MSE Department Chair Amit Misra will give a brief department update followed by an address by Dr. Michelle Griffith, the 2020 MSE Alumni Merit Award winner. 

Michelle Griffith Bio:
Michelle Griffith is a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque, N.M.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University California San Diego in 1990, Master’s and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan, 1993 and 1995 respectively.  Michelle joined SNL in 1995.  

Throughout her Sandia career, Michelle consistently establishes herself as a subject matter expert in each position she has assumed and is repeatedly recognized for her positive contributions and lasting impact to the projects by colleagues, customers and stakeholders.  She has provided technical expertise and leadership in multiple areas, including: materials; rapid prototyping/direct fabrication technologies; nuclear weapon components; satellite telescope design, manufacturing, and operation; missile defense concepts and analyses; and nuclear detonation detection and space payloads.

Early in her career, Michelle focused on direct fabrication technologies.  Her research and development of Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS®) and Wirefeed for rapid fabrication of metal components resulted in four patents, over 40 publications, multiple university collaborations, and commercialization of the LENS® technology.  

Next, Michelle transitioned to nuclear weapons design and development bringing her leadership and materials expertise for next generation weapon component upgrades.

For the past 15 years, Michelle has been working on satellite payloads.  She provides leadership, vision, and mentorship across multi-functional payload teams (materials, mechanical, electrical, software, systems engineering, mission performance) for successful development and deployment of next generation satellite payloads.  She is recognized as subject matter expert and point of contact by national-level stakeholders for next-generation satellite payloads and space architectures. 

As part of materials community outreach, Michelle has chaired both the New Mexico Section of the American Ceramic Society, and the Albuquerque Chapter of ASM International.  She has judged at regional and state New Mexico science fairs and provided hands-on materials demonstrations at K-12 schools.  She continues to mentor undergraduate students, post-docs and new staff at Sandia.