Kathy Flores' primary research interest is the mechanical behavior of high performance structural materials, with particular emphasis on understanding structure-processing-property relationships in bulk metallic glasses and their composites.
She leads research projects on topics ranging from investigations of the structural origins of deformation in metallic glasses to the development of efficient strategies for the design of new glasses with desirable properties. She is particularly interested in the development of new manufacturing techniques suited to the unique processing capabilities of these alloys, in an effort to accelerate their incorporation in mainstream and high performance applications.
Awards: National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient
Professor Flores joined the Washington University in St. Louis faculty in 2012. In addition to serving on the Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science faculty, she is the Associate Director for the university's Institute of Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to joining Washington University, Prof. Flores was a faculty member in Materials Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University (2002-2012). In 2005, Professor Flores received two prestigious early-career awards for her research on bulk metallic glasses; a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. In addition to her research, from 2008-2012 Professor Flores was the Director of Education and Outreach for the Center for Emergent Materials, the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Ohio State University. In 2011, she was a co-recipient of an Ohio Faculty Innovator Award for her efforts to improve undergraduate instruction in materials science and engineering.