Ms. Sophie Ydstie
Materials Engineering, Purdue
Class of 2015
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where my passion for understanding of how thing work was realized. My interest in math and sciences was evident in my young age. I would sit across from my dad at the table, a professor of Chemical Engineering, and would copy his math equations, upside-down. Ever since then, my liking towards engineering grew. Although I originally planned to pursue chemical engineering, I developed an interest in materials engineering the summer I shadowed MSE professor Lisa Porter at Carnegie Mellon University. In the summer of 2013, I was offered the opportunity to conduct research in the MSE department, under the supervision of Lisa Porter, where I worked on solid-state semiconductor sensors for hydrocarbons.
I am currently a junior in the Material Science Engineering Department at Purdue and am actively involved in the Purdue Community. I am the treasurer of the Purdue University Materials Advantage Program, a member of the Women in Engineering Mentees and Mentors Program, the Purdue Student Union Board, and the Navigators. I am excited to take advantage of the research facilities at Purdue, and look forward to the opportunity to learn more about the exciting world of materials.