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Women in Engineering Profile: Jessica Enos

October 11, 2018
Source: ASM International

This profile series introduces leading materials scientists from around the world who happen to be females. Here we speak with Jessia Enos, materials engineer at Allied High Tech Products Inc.


What does your typical workday look like?

Almost every day is different, but on a typical day I accomplish many diverse tasks. The top priority is preparing materials for metallurgical analysis. Our customers send in anything from package dies to turbine blades, which I prepare to their specified finish. Throughout the day, I stay on alert for technical calls and emails, helping people who ask for application-related support. If we receive consumables from a vendor, I test that they work appropriately and authorize the packaging procedure. As we continually provide new and improved products, I help test these products for viability and effectiveness. Since new product testing can be extensive and involve multiple stages of revision, I find multitasking to be a time-efficient strategy.

What’s been your biggest technical challenge?

My biggest technical challenge is determining the process for preparing a sample. This involves a bit of problem solving. The samples are very unique because they come in different material grades, shapes, and sizes, each requiring its own way of preparation. I begin by considering materials with the same or similar characteristics. If a sample has similar characteristics to another material I’ve prepared before, then their processes may also be similar. This method, including different troubleshooting techniques and my past experience preparing various samples, gives me insight into finding a solution.

What is your engineering background?

I have a bachelor’s of science in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Davis. I was hired by Allied High Tech shortly after I graduated. From there I gained a tremendous amount of experience in the field of metallurgy and materials science. I have worked with a wide variety of materials, including metals, ceramics, semiconductors, glass, and PCBs. I have prepared them in a variety of ways including for transmission electron microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and optical analyses.

What are you working on now?

I am currently preparing unencapsulated magnesium alloy samples using Allied’s MultiPrep precision grinder/polisher. At the same time, I am testing a new consumable product and working on my upcoming presentation for MS&T in October about preparing materials with coatings.


Aerial acrobatics and playing games with friends.

Last book read?

“A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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