Kendall Mueller is a third-year student majoring in Mechanical Engineering who conducts research in the Materials Science and Engineering department. After struggling to find and apply for undergradaute research opportunities, she became involved in URN in her second year to learn more about the process. Her interests include aerospace and automotive innovation, and environmentally sustainable technology, both of which have motivated her to become involved in the Elizabeth Opila Research Group and Burns Research Group. She is currently working towards developing high temperature ceramics and creating a method to reliably monitor crack growth in tough, moderate strength structural metals.
As chair of tech and advising, Kendall hopes to continue improving faculty and student involvement in UNLEASH, which she believes is essential to connecting research interest with opportunity across UVa. Outside of URN, she is involved in Virginia Motorsports, and enjoys hiking, photography, and playing piano in her free time.