Emily Brady

Emily Brady, Ph.D.

Associate
Mechanical Engineering
Houston
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Dr. Brady specializes in mechanical engineering with a focus on mechanical behavior of materials and materials characterization. Dr. Brady has expertise in mechanical testing, failure analysis, and data analysis. She has extensive experience in mechanical property testing and microstructural characterization techniques including high-temperature tensile testing, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), and high resolution EBSD (HR-EBSD). Dr. Brady also has hands-on experience with machine shop tools such as drill presses, lathes, milling machines, and shearing machines; heat treatment of steel using salt pots and box furnaces; and various software applications and programming languages including SolidWorks, MATLAB, R, and Python.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Brady completed her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Her doctoral work focused on the mechanical behavior and microstructure evolution in unalloyed niobium. Specifically, her work established the first mechanistic explanation with supporting microstructural data for how impurity content affects high-temperature strength in refractory metals. Dr. Brady developed and successfully implemented two new microstructural characterization techniques: one that allows HR-EBSD analysis on heavily deformed materials using open-source software, and one that segments substructure in deformed materials. During her time at UT Austin, Dr. Brady also served as mentor for the Research Experience for Teachers program where she trained high school teachers to use advanced laboratory equipment and helped develop lessons to engage high school girls in engineering.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, 2021
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, 2017
  • Recipient, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies User Proposal, 2019-2020

    Special Commendation for Outstanding Poster, TMS Bladesmithing Competition, 2019

    Virginia and Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Fellowship, 2017-2021

Publications

Brady EAD, Taleff EM. Plastic deformation and microstructure evolution in niobium at temperatures from 1473 to 1823 K. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 2021; 52(3): 1095-1105.

Presentations

Brady EAD, Taleff EM. A Review of Plastic Flow and Microstructure Evolution at Elevated-temperatures in Unalloyed Niobium. Oral Presentation, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Annual Meeting, Virtual, 2021.

Brady EAD, Taleff EM. Static and dynamic grain growth in niobium at 1200 to 1500°C. Oral Presentation, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2020.

Brady EAD, Taleff EM. Elevated-temperature tensile behavior of niobium. Oral Presentation, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2019.

Brady EAD, Taleff EM. Static and Dynamic Grain Growth in Niobium. Poster presentation, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies Annual User Meeting, Santa Fe, NM, 2019.

Prior Experience

R&D Intern, Sandia National Labs, 2016

Longhorn Maker Studio Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015-2016

AutoCAD Intern, Austin Energy, 2015

Design and Graphics Lab Assistant, 2015

Professional Affiliations

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, 2021
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, 2017
  • Recipient, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies User Proposal, 2019-2020

    Special Commendation for Outstanding Poster, TMS Bladesmithing Competition, 2019

    Virginia and Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Fellowship, 2017-2021