PhD student, Mechanical Engineering
The Ohio State University
Sarah has been actively involved in SWE since her freshman year of undergrad. Since then, she has been involved in SWE at all levels of the society. At Ohio State, she has served as both outreach coordinator and section president. For Region G, she has been the Region Collegiate Representative (RCR), a member of the conference planning committee, and a leadership coach. Currently, she is serving as Collegiate Director on the Board of Directors.
Sarah is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a University Fellow through Ohio State’s Graduate School, and a FAST (Future Academic Scholar Training) Fellow through her department. She received the Rob Wolf Outstanding Senior Award from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Ohio State as well as the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award in 2013. Congratulations, Sarah, on all you’ve accomplished! Keep up the great work!
What is your degree program (MS/PhD, department)? When do you expect to graduate?
I am a 4th-year PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering, hoping to graduate in the spring of 2018 (although anytime I write this on anything, my advisor “corrects” the date to 2118).
Give a brief explanation of your research.
I work on materials that convert heat to electricity, and I specifically look at how magnetism can increase this transport. Typically, these materials are semiconductors, but I’m exploring metals and semimetals for my dissertation. Applications for these materials are in waste-heat recovery, where these materials would utilize heat released from other energy generation processes to produce their own power output.
What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?
I hope to become a professor! I really love research, and I also love working with students (I’m co-instructing my advisor’s undergraduate thermodynamics course this semester). I think a professor position would well combine these two passions.
What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
I love to cook and hike! I have also gotten into TRX (body resistance strength training on something that looks like monkey bars) this year. And of course, I spend lots of my free time on SWE!
What’s a fun fact about you?
I’m moving to Germany in the middle of April to work in my collaborator’s lab for the summer!
Sarah Watman working in her lab at Ohio State