Ellen Solomon (GS)

EllenHome Town: Kingsley, Iowa

Undergraduate Education: Iowa State University


Research Area: Magnesium-rare earth alloys are primarily used in the automotive and aerospace industries for their lightweight and high strength properties at elevated temperatures.  The strength of these alloys is achieved primarily by precipitation hardening and is highly dependent on the direction that these precipitates form in the magnesium.  The goals of my research are to characterize these precipitates using various microscopy techniques, such as APT and TEM, and to study the effects that these precipitates have on the mechanical behavior of these alloys.      

Outside of Research: My interests outside of research include mainly active sports such as running and volleyball.  When it’s not below zero outside, I like to take a walk/jog along the river or visit the shops in downtown Ann Arbor.