My name is Samantha McBride, I am a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. I work with Professor Varanasi developing nanoengineered surfaces for water and desalination applications. I have a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelors in Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Research topics I have experience in include: water quality analysis, nutrient analysis, low cost construction of water treatment processes, fate and transport of environmental contaminants, organic adsorption, wastewaster engineering, microbial degradation, photodegradation, thermal energy storage, protein processing, aggregation and crystallization of both organics and inorganics, kinetic modeling of crystallization, fluid mechanics and solutions of Navier Stokes, desalination, and preparing nanoengineered surfaces.
My primary research interests are desalination, crystallization, self-assembly, and microgravity fluids engineering. I also love reading about research in astrobiology, plant and microbial science, solar energy, and soft matter physics.
Feel free to contact me.