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Katie E Copenhaver

Dr. Katie Copenhaver is an R&D Associate Staff member in the Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies Group at Oak Ridge National Lab. She joined ORNL in 2020, and her research interests lie in the use of natural fibers and bio-based polymers in novel applications. She received a B.S. in Polymer and Fiber Engineering in 2014 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2019, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her doctoral research focused on polymer surface patterning for structured adhesives. 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • R&D Associate Staff Member, Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies Group, February 2022--Present
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Manufacturing Science Division, June 2020--January 2022

Georgia Tech Research Institute

  • Research Engineer, Advanced Concepts Laboratory, January 2020--June 2020
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Advanced Concepts Laboratory, August 2015--December 2019

Award for Composites Excellence, Composites and Materials Expo (CAMX), October 2021, Awarded for Innovation in Green Composites Design for project “Additively Manufactured Foam Biocomposites for Lightweight Structural Applications”

Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019

B.S., Polymer and Fiber Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014

  • Material Research Society
  • Society of Plastics Engineers
  • Society of Rheology
  • Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry