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Alyson Rodriguez | College of Engineering | April 25, 2022

Metallurgical and Material Science Engineering Student Receives DOE SULI Award

Metallurgical and Material Science Engineering Student Receives DOE SULI Award


Daniela Duarte has been named the 2022 recipient for the Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program. Duarte graduates in Spring 2023 with a degree in Metallurgical and Material Science Engineering with a concentration in failure analysis.

“Daniela applied for the SULI program as a way to enhance her research experience in the field of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME). This internship provided her with the opportunity to work with scientists at the DOE Ames National Laboratory enhancing her awareness of the numerous opportunities in the MME field. During 2021, Daniela was able to apply her fundamental Science and Metallurgical Engineering knowledge on Rare Earth Metal projects. She worked on thermodynamic data and calculations associated with the purification of these materials,” said Stella A. Quinones, Ph.D., Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering Department Chair.

“My Participation in the DOE SULI program has allowed me to continue to grow as an engineer as I am focused on becoming a research engineer at a national lab. The opportunities this internship provided will certainly be foundational towards my long-term and professional goals,” said Duarte. “My research focused on theoretical calculations converting rare earth oxides to rare earth metals to open new pathways to produce new methods for Rare Earth Metals. This experience has expanded my breath of knowledge of the applications in the field of metallurgy.”

“Daniela has also performed engineering research as part of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Summer Bridge Program, she will be working on a laser welding project with Honeywell in Summer 2022 and will have a second opportunity to participate in a SULI research experience to continue her work on the metallurgy of Rare Earth Metals,” added Quinones.

The SULI program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue STEM careers by funding 10-week research experiences at different DOE laboratories. SULI recipients conduct hands-on research and work with laboratory staff scientists and engineers on projects related to ongoing research programs at one of 17 participating DOE facilities and laboratories.

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