AIF TEM Research Associate Wins M&M Student Poster

Aubrey Penn joined the AIF in 2019. She assists users and collaborators in (S)TEM sample preparation and experimentation.


Aubrey Penn, President-Elect of the MSA Student Council, won the 2020 M&M Student Poster Award. Her poster, A STEM-EELS Investigation of La0.7Sr0.3CrO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 Multilayer Thin Films, was a winner in the physical sciences category. Aubrey received her BS and MS in Chemistry from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. She is now pursuing her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at NCSU, and her research focus is explaining interfacial phenomena in complex oxide thin films using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). 

“Aubrey is the first ever graduate student to serve as an AIF TEM staff member, and it’s obvious why when you see her in action on the microscopes. Her incredible skills with all things S/TEM, coupled with her helpful, can-do attitude, make her an invaluable member of the team. Not only is she an incredible microscopist, she is heavily involved in the Microscopy Society of America, and is president-elect of the organization.

Chris Winkler, TEM Lab Manager

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