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Amanda Wei

Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering
A person wearing a necklace and a maroon polo shirt with a logo saying DREAMS stands in front of a jet engine.

Amanda graduated from the University of Florida in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at Florida, she worked as an undergraduate researcher, calculus tutor, and intern at the Harn Museum of Art. She also held several leadership positions in her university’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Society of Women’s Engineer (SWE) chapters.

Amanda joined Virginia Tech to pursue her master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She completed her thesis work on the design and analysis of additively manufactured piezoelectric lattice materials under the supervision of Dr. Rayne Zheng in May 2019. Her thesis work exposed her to the exciting new design possibilities enabled by additive manufacturing, and this motivated Amanda to join the DREAMS Lab as a PhD student to further explore this new design space. Her research is centered around design for additive manufacturing for jetting processes. She has completed several internships with Sandia National Laboratory and Northrop Grumman during her graduate school career.

Outside of the lab, Amanda enjoys photography, surfing the web, and making her friends laugh.