Ms. Jacquelynn K. McGuinness Garofano received the 2010 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Program Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Jackie joined the UConn-MSE program in 2006 after graduating from Southern Connecticut State University with Honors in Physics. While at UConn, she served on the Executive Board of the Material Advantage Chapter, established the Materials Research Society (MRS) Chapter in 2008, and served as its President from 2008 until 2010. In 2009, she received her MS degree in MSE under the supervision of Professor Mark Aindow for research on high-resolution electron microscopy characterization of laser-processed Ni-based superalloys.
That same year, Jackie was the recipient of the Outstanding Woman Scholar Academic Achievement Award of the UConn Graduate School. Most recently, Ms. Garofano was selected asa Women of Innovation Finalist for 2011 (Collegian Innovation and Leadership) as well as a nominee for the Alpha Sigma Mu professional honors society. Jackie plans to finish her PhD in 2011. Her doctoral thesis focuses on advanced materials characterization to study the microstructural evolution of magnesia/yttria nanocomposites for optical components. Jackie’s research has already resulted in 7 publications in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Materials Science, Applied Physics Letters, and the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.