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Faces of Science: Amy Clarke

Amy Clarke finds it ironic that scientists can be perceived as overly practical, when it is creativity that drives the design of advanced materials. Today, Amy harnesses such ingenuity to develop materials important to applications in energy, defense and industry.
March 4, 2015
Amy Clarke

Amy Clarke and Seth Imhoff of Materials Technology-Metallurgy (MST-6) align a copper density calibration object for a proton radiography experiment.


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Minerals to new materials and metallurgy keeps Amy motivated

Amy Clarke grew up in the “Copper Country” in Michigan, where she was first exposed to metallurgy and materials science when she attended Michigan Technological University and later graduate school at the Colorado School of Mines.

Faces of Science: Amy Clarke

Faces of Science: Amy Clarke

The cumulative experience and the people at these universities ignited Amy’s passion for materials science.

Today, she performs X-ray and proton imaging of materials during processing to watch and influence microstructure and property development in real time.

In 2012, Amy was honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Clark works for MST-6's Materials Technology-Metallurgy group.