In May 2016 Kristen Marshea Warren became CMU’s first Black female mechanical engineering PhD.
Designing engineering processes that improve living standards is Kristen Warren’s ambition. This desire began in attending the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) in Columbus, MS her junior year of high school.
In June 2011, Kristin received her Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) in Flint, Michigan.
As a requirement for graduation, Kettering University requires that each student have a co-op experience where they alternate quarters between work and school in addition to writing a thesis.
Kristin has worked for General Motors and Eli Lilly and Company for a total of one and a half years where she worked on a variety of projects spanning from performing and analyzing corrosion and noise & vibration tests for GM to redesigning and installing vision systems at a pharmaceutical company.
Kristin was funded by Bill & Melinda Gates through the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program allowing her to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon while researching the optimization of microalgae for use as a biofuel through a mechanics and fluids point of view.
When Kristin is not busy with research, she enjoys Latin and African dance, basketball, and travelling.
–Info from bio at www.andrew.cmu.ed
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