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CURRENT MEMBERS

The team!

Christina Rost, Ph.D.

Christina Rost, Ph.D.

Dr. Rost is an assistant professor of materials science at Virginia Tech and primary investigator of RostLab. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science from North Carolina State University. Her current research interests include the fundamental structure-property relationships of complex oxides. When not in the lab or teaching, Dr. Rost enjoys DIY projects, gaming, and travelling.

Gerald Bejger

Gerald Bejger

Jerry is a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering, originally from Clearwater, FL. He received a B.S. in Physics from James Madison University in 2023. His current research is on the local structure of high entropy oxides and on metastable phase nucleation in amorphous materials. When not engaging in science, he enjoys relaxing, watching sports, and gaming.

John Barber

John Barber

John is a graduate student in Materials Science & Engineering from Barboursville, VA. He earned his B.S. in Physics with minors in Materials Science and Mathematics from James Madison University in 2023. John's project focuses on the synthesis of and integration of thin film oxides for pyroelectric applications. When he's not analyzing data or reading, he enjoys spending time in the gym, in the woods, or on the river.

Aaron Jenkins

Aaron Jenkins

Aaron is a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering. He completed his B.S. in Nanoscience from VT in 2022, after which he began work on his M.Eng. observing the environmental effects of next generation cathode materials before joining RostLab in 2024. His current work involves oxide characterization using microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. Aaron TA's for MSE 2034: Introduction to Materials. When he's not in the lab, he enjoys karaoke, eating pizza, and cooking steaks.

Sarah Muhlenberg

Sarah Muhlenberg

Sarah is a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering from Chantilly, VA. She received her B.S. in Physics from George Mason University in December 2019 and previously worked as a Systems Engineer for a DoD contractor. Her interests are in nanofabrication and quantum dots. Her current research is on spinel structure and analysis. Outside the lab, you can find her playing games, going to ren faires, or lounging at home with her cat.

Brittani Ambrosi

Brittani Ambrosi

Brittani is an undergraduate in Materials Science and Engineering from Charlotte, NC. Her project focuses on exploring size effects on phase stability in high entropy oxides. When she's not sciencing, she's slangin' crystals at her small online crystal and gem shop.

Bethany Crittenden

Bethany Crittenden

Bethany is a first-year undergraduate student in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Beach, VA. Her project involves the compositional effects on phase and microstructure in high entropy oxides. Outside of the lab, she enjoys cooking and fiber arts

William Deary

William Deary

William is an undergraduate student in Materials Science and Engineering. Before finding his home in Blacksburg, William was raised in Bristow Virginia where he obtained a Associate of Engineering Degree from Northern Virginia Community College. Currently he's working on high entropy oxide research and exploring relationships between particle size and phase stability. When not researching ceramics, he enjoys climbing them at the New River Gorge but most days you can find him at the climbing gym.

Angelica Phan

Angelica Phan

Angelica is currently a second year Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate from Leesburg, Virginia. Her research is project is on compositional phase analysis of high entropy oxides. Outside of research, she enjoys thrifting and practicing muay thai.

PAST MEMBERS & ALUMNI
Mike Gerhart

Mike Gerhart

B.S. Physics, class of 2024, James Madison University.

Tyler Valentine

Tyler Valentine

B.S. Physics, class of 2022, James Madison University. M.S. in Data Science at the University of Virginia.

Daniel Rossi

Daniel Rossi

B.S. Physics, class of 2022, James Madison University.

Kristen Johnson

Kristen Johnson

B.S. Applied Physics, class of 2022, James Madison University. Teaching at Chesapeake Public Schools.

Gabriela Niculescu

Gabriela Niculescu

High School Intern, Class of 2021, Shenandoah Valley Governor's School. Currently attending the University of Virginia.

Daniel Schmuckler

Daniel Schmuckler

B.S. Physics, Class of 2021, James Madison University. M.Eng. in Materials Science at Columbia University.

Zachery Kennedy

Zachery Kennedy

B.S. Mathematics, Class of 2020, James Madison University.

Andrew Giles

Andrew Giles

B.S. Chemistry, James Madison University.

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