Monday, June 15, 2020
Mayela Aldaz Cervantes receives the University Award of Distinction this spring. The award recognizes students who have contributed greatly to the quality of life by providing unselfish service to others within a particular area.
Advised by Mehrabian Distinguished Professor of Materials Carlos G. Levi, Aldaz Cervantes is a PhD candidate in the Materials Department. Her research involves developing a better understanding of how titanium metal reacts with interstitials (small atoms) that are present in the environment. Oxygen and nitrogen, which compose most of our breathing air, are highly soluble in titanium metal which forms a scale that weakens in strength, making it an attractive lightweight material for us in aircraft, turbine engines, and biological implants.
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