Texas Tech University

Student Spotlight

Kelsea K. Miller received her B.S., M.S., and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mechanical engineering at Texas Tech University, Whitacre College of Engineering in 2016, 2019, and 2022, respectively. 

She has conducted research in the Combustion lab under the mentorship of Dr. Michelle Pantoya focused on the enhancement of metal fuel combustion that has been published in nine archival journals and has served as the Lab Safety Officer to the research group. Kelsea has worked collaboratively with scientists at the Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, through two internships where she participated in novel plasma modification and synthesis of metal particles. 

Throughout her undergraduate degree and master's degree she was selected to be an Engineering Ambassador to the WCOE routinely engaging in community outreach, professional development, and peer leadership. Kelsea was the recipient of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Graduate Fellowship, without which she would not be realizing her research and professional goals today. 

Following her Ph.D., Kelsea has accepted a position with the Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH where she will serve as a Research Engineer in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate.