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Emily Vargas

Emily Anne Vargas
PhD Student

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Materials Science and Engineering
3651 Watt Way
University of Southern California,
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Research Projects
Investigating process-structure and structure-property relationships of oxide-oxide composites (CMCs)
Cold spray deposition of Aluminum onto thermoplastics and composites for replacing metallic components and other applications

+ Li, Min-Yang Li, Yang, Mingchia, Vargas, E. A., Neff, Kyle, Vanli, Arda, Liang, Richard. (2016). Analysis of Variance on Thickness and Electrical Conductivity measurements of Carbon Nanotube Thin Films” (MST-103732.R1)
+ Yang, Mingchia, Li, Min-Yang Li, Vargas, E. A., Luo, Sida, Liang, Richard. (2016).”Real-time monitoring of carbon nanotube dispersion using dynamic light scattering and UV-vis spectroscopy” (DOI 10.1007/s00170-015-7348-z)
+ Vargas, E. A. (2015). A Study on Sonication Dispersion Parameters for Batch production of Carbon Nanotube Buckypaper. Retrieved from

+ B.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Florida State University (2017)

+ Fall 2018 – Present: Graduate Student Research Assistant, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Southern California.
+ Summer 2018: Materials and Fabrication Engineering Intern, Product Strategy and Future Airplane Development, The Boeing Company.
+ Fall 2017 – Spring 2018: Materials and Processing Technology Engineering Intern, Corporate Research and Technology, The Eaton Corporation.
+ Summer 2017: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Engineering Intern, Product Strategy and Future Airplane Development, The Boeing Company.
+ Fall 2014 – Spring 2017: Undergraduate Student Research Assistant, The High Performance Materials Institute, Florida State University.

+ National Science Foundation – Graduate Research Fellowship Program Recipient (2018)
+ Graduate Education for Minorities (GEM) National Consortium Doctoral Fellowship Recipient (2018)
+ Ford Foundation Fellowship Program: Predoctoral Competition: Honorable Mention (2018)
+ National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program: Honorable Mention (2018)
+ Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) University Student Research Symposium: Second Place for Best Paper in Undergraduate Category (2016)
+ The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE): Harold Giles Composites Scholarship Recipient (2016)