Amy J. Clarke

  • BS Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 2000

Since graduating in 2000, Amy J. Clarke has built upon her Michigan Tech degree and education to achieve great success at an early stage in her career. She added Master of Science and PhD degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and received the Willy Korf Award for Young Excellence in 2007 for her PhD research.

A Research and Development Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she works in the Materials Science and Technology—Metallurgy Group. Her research focuses on materials synthesis and processing to control the microstructure and properties of important materials for energy, defense, and industry.  She was awarded a five year United States Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Early Career Research Program Award in 2012.

Her innovative work led her to be honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2012 and included a trip to the White House to meet President Barack Obama. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers.

The Houghton native is active in The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), the Association for Iron and Steel Technology, and the Los Alamos Chapter of ASM International. She has been honored with a TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award in 2008 and was the TMS Young Leader International Scholar in 2010.

In 2013, Amy was recognized for her significant achievements with the Michigan Tech Alumni Association's Outstanding Young Alumni Award.