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ABOUT
Meisha Shofner
Associate Professor
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Dr. Meisha L. Shofner is an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, joining the faculty following post-doctoral training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in Materials Science from Rice University. Prior to beginning graduate school, she was employed as a design engineer at FMC in the Subsea Engineering Division, working at two plant locations (Houston, Texas and the Republic of Singapore), and she is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia.

Dr. Shofner’s research area is processing-structure-property relationships of polymers and composites. Specifically, she designs processing strategies to attain hierarchical structures in these materials to improve properties and has discovered scalable processing methods to produce auxetic structures and tensegrity-inspired structures. Additionally, she works with bioderived materials to produce composites with reduced environmental impact.  

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PUBLICATIONS & PATENTS
Selected publications: 
  1. E.R. Fitzharris, D.W. Rosen, and M.L. Shofner, “Fast scanning calorimetry for semicrystalline polymers in fused deposition modeling”, Polymer, 166, 196-205 (2019).
  2. C.W. Irvin, C.C. Satam, J.C. Meredith, and M.L. Shofner, “Mechanical reinforcement and thermal properties of PVA tricomponent nanocomposites with chitin nanofibers and cellulose nanocrystals”, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 116, 147-157 (2019). 
  3. J.H. Lee and M.L. Shofner, “Tensegrity-inspired polymer nanocomposites”, Polymer, 111, 9-19 (2017).
  4. C.E. Meree, G.T. Schueneman, J.C. Meredith, and M.L. Shofner, “Rheological behavior of highly loaded cellulose nanocrystal/poly(vinyl alcohol) composite suspensions”, Cellulose, 23, 3001-3012 (2016).