- Ph.D., Material Science, Colorado School of Mines, 2019
- B.S., Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2014
- Professional Engineer Metallurgical, California, #2029
Dr. Davis is a metallurgical engineer who specializes in material processing, microstructural development, and materials characterization of both conventional and nanostructured metal alloys. She has extensive expertise in a variety of characterization techniques including metallography, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam (FIB), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), x-ray techniques (XRD, SAXS, WAXS, XRF), and a variety of mechanical testing techniques.
Before joining Exponent, Dr. Davis completed her graduate studies at the Colorado School of Mines, where her dissertation focused on controlling microstructural evolution of magnesium alloys for bioabsorbable cardiovascular stents by inducing high shear deformation via equal channel angular pressing — Conform (ECAP-C). Her work included high shear processing of magnesium, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), transmission Kikuchi diffraction (TKD), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) with x-ray line profile analysis (XLPA).
During her graduate research, she also gained experience in failure analysis and characterization of a wide range of different metals and applications. Examples of the projects she collaborated on include: nanostructured titanium bone screws, stainless steel cannula, nanostructured aluminum for conductors, and nanostructured copper.