Aeriel Murphy’s years long college level research projects at the University of Alabama while in high school allowed her to compete in science fair competitions all over the USA. When she reached undergrad the love of research and creating new knowledge grew more and more each year which led her to the decision to pursue a PhD. Her research focuses on understanding how grain size, texture, alloying, and composition effect the recrystallization and grain growth behavior of Mg alloys and how these parameters affect crack initiation, crack growth, and fatigue life during low-cycle fatigue testing.
Her career goals after graduation are to become a professor at a research institution doing work that focuses on dislocation and deformation accumulation during mechanical testing of metals.
Aeriel current activities and hobbies are running, baking/cooking, reading community service, and traveling.