is a life style blog focused on career and life for young professionals interested in pursuing graduate school who are lovers of life with the drive and ambition to change the WORLD.
by Aeriel Murphy-Leonard, PhD
Aeriel was born and raised in Alabama. She completed high school at Wetumpka High School where she participated in a plethora of activities. While in high school, Aeriel developed a strong love for science and engineering as a competitive science fair participant where she performed college-level research. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide) where she earned a degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. After undergrad, Aeriel worked in Research and Design at Alstom Inc in the corrosion research labs for a year. In 2013, she began her PhD journey at the University of Michigan in Materials Science and Engineering. During her time at Michigan she led and worked on many teams aimed at increasing the number of “women of color” in engineering. After completing her PhD in November 2018, Aeriel worked as a NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC for two years. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at The Ohio State University. Aeriel enjoys baking, traveling, and reading.