Grad Member Spotlight: Jessica Rimsza

21 Mar 2016


Jessica Rimsza

PhD student, Materials Science and Engineering, expected graduation date May 2016

University of North Texas


Jessica has served as the graduate adviser for UNT SWE for two years as well as the Vice-President and Treasurer of her undergraduate SWE chapter at the University of Arizona. She has received numerous awards, including the American Ceramic Society’s Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) in Oct 2015, the NSF Graduate Research Fellow, NSF East-Asia Pacific Summer Institute Fellow, and has participated in NSF Graduate Research Opportunities worldwide.


What is your degree program (MS/PhD, department)? When do you expect to graduate?

I am five years into a Ph.D. in the department of Materials Science and Engineering with an expected graduation date of May 2016.


Give a brief explanation of your research.

I use computational methods to study the structure and properties of glasses (like window glass, container glass, display glass, and ect). Specifically, my thesis is on the reactions which occur at the water-silica (SiO2) interface, and how they affect the long-term stability of silicate based materials.


What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?

Currently I am looking at different post-doc opportunities around the US and am hoping to continue working on the surface properties of amorphous materials.


What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?

Free time? What’s that? Just kidding. Right now a lot of my hobbies are working to give some work-life balance, so things like cooking, working out (occasionally) or decompressing activities. During my Ph.D. I have taken both French and Chinese classes since I spent a summer in each of those countries doing research, so that took up some time and might be considered a “hobby”. But I am definitely not fluent in either language.


What’s a fun fact about you?

I have a twin sister who is getting her MD and we will be graduating on the same day!


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