Ms. Jessica Sargent
School of Materials Engineering
B.S. Polymer and Fiber Engineering, Auburn University
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
Project: ionic interactions in aqueous polymer gels and solutions
Bio: Jessica is originally from Lawrenceville, GA and received her B.S. in Polymer & Fiber Engineering from Auburn University in 2013 and her M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 2017. She worked on antimicrobial polyurethanes as an undergraduate researcher and on self-assembled block polymer membranes for water purification for her M.S thesis. Jessica’s research work has spanned fields from medical technologies to infrastructure, and her primary focus in research is developing polymeric technologies for improved quality of life. Her current research aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationships that drive ionic hydrogel behavior in aqueous environments in order to improve hydrogel materials in all fields. Jessica is also currently a part time graduate assistant in the Women in Engineering Program and greatly enjoys working with all of the pre-college outreach programs through WIEP. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading science fiction and thriller novels, volunteering with special needs children at her church, and swing dancing.