Shelly Arreguin

Shelly is a Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Ph.D. student at the University of Washington in Seattle (UW). She obtained a M.S. in MSE from the UW and bachelor's degrees in Chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology at UW. Her primary research interest involves investigating the relationship of processing and properties of materials and their performance under extreme conditions (nuclear, high temperature, accident scenarios, etc.).

Shelly has worked extensively on developing unique processing routes from preceramic polymers to test their capabilities in various energy applications such as: catalysts for fuel cells (CU), hydrogen storage (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), waste-to-energy incinerators (UW) and now high temperature nuclear environments (UW). Previously, Shelly held an appointment at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a Mickey Leland Energy Fellow where she designed chalcohalide glasses for the storage of nuclear waste streams with increased halide content. Currently, she is at PNNL exploring the microstructural evolution of irradiated porous and dense polymer derived SiC ceramics for her Ph.D. thesis. When not in the lab, Shelly enjoys: cave exploration, studying extremophiles and their associated geology, NASAs Kepler Mission, understanding the role of bio-indicators of environmental contamination, mushroom hunting, SCUBA and public outreach, exposing myths vs. realities in nuclear science and technology.