Hi my name is Tanner Mengle, I earned my Bachelors degree in Material Science and Engineering at Penn State. During my undergrad I conducted research on thermal barrier coatings at the Applied Research Laboratory and my senior thesis was on characterizing building materials for affordable and sustainable housing in Burkina Faso. I joined the Materials Characterization Lab in June 2018. I spend my free time lifting weights, hiking and reading.
My passion is to work every day knowing that my efforts are helping to create new materials and material systems for the betterment of society.
What Excites Me?
I am grateful for the opportunity to be apart of a world class research institute and to be an operator of the characterization equipment in the Materials Characterization Lab. The best part of my job is getting to meet new people every day and help them in their research with the hope that their work will be successful and will be implemented into the real world in the near future. Lastly I am excited to increase my knowledge and understanding of material science so that I can be a better resource to the students, faculty and industries that come to the MCL with research projects.
Day to day:
My average work day is a blend of sample preparation i.e. working with saws, polishers, dicing equipment and chemical storage followed by atomic force microscopy measurements or Raman spectroscopy.