Margaret Byron

Margaret Byron

Assistant Professor, Penn State University
University Park, PA

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Biography
I received my PhD in 2015 from the University of California Berkeley, in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My dissertation focused on the transport and kinematics of particles in environmental turbulence-- a hugely important topic that's related to sediment transport, marine biology and ecology, and even climate change. While at Berkeley, I spent a summer at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs, where I studied the biomechanics of fish swimming. I was also a fellow of the Center for Integrative Biomechanics in Education and Research (CiBER). In 2010, I got my B.S. from Princeton University, in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. For my undergraduate thesis, I designed and built a robotic manta ray! This project paved the way for my later interest in aquatic biomechanics and its intersection with fluid dynamics. Right now I am an assistant professor at Penn State University in the Mechanical Engineering department. My research focuses on environmental particle transport, with applications for large ocean-borne particles like marine snow and microplastic debris. I also study the locomotion of small aquatic animals with interesting swimming methods (right now, comb jellies and water boatmen, two very cool animals). Outside of the lab, I enjoy travel, music, and spending time outdoors.
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Education
B.S.E., Princeton University, 2010 (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering); M.S., University of California Berkeley, 2012 (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Ph.D., University of California Berkeley, 2015 (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to answer written interview questions to be posted on the EngineerGirl website.
  • I am willing to participate in a conference call with a group of interested students who would like to know about my career.