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Brandi Ransom
Graduate Student - Department of Materials Science
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  • B.S. Materials Science and NanoEngineering B.A. German Studies, Rice University, 2018
Brandi Ransom, from Spring, Texas, is pursuing a PhD in materials science and engineering at Stanford School of Engineering. Prior to Grad School, at Rice University, she earned bachelor’s degrees in materials science and nanoengineering and German studies while competing as a NCAA Division I Track & Field athlete. Needless to say, she has exceptional time-management. She was originally trained as an experimentalist specifically in 2D material growth and solar cell assembly, however, the hype of hard drives and softwares enticed her over to the ergonomically unfavorable computation side of materials engineering. It started off small, an optimization of polymer extrusion based in excel, then a python package she adapted to predict tumor growth, and she was knee deep when she reached her senior project on data-driven development of a new super alloy. Because of these exceptional experiences that have trained her to be a master in synergizing machine learning and modeling with general science, she aids the Reed group in identifying new materials for solid Lithium electrolytes. Outside of her main work, her subsequent acceptance into the pioneer cohort of the Knight-Henessey Scholars will also allow her to pursue her passion of optimizing fiber manufacturing processes.

She also enjoys baking the best darn-tootin' cookies you will ever taste and eat, and hydrating.

Brandi decided to be a Materials Scientist when she was 11 years old, and that 11 year old is very proud of the woman she has grown into.