I am an engineer, a material scientist, a physicist, and an educator. I am interested in using x-ray light to study a material’s properties and its behavior during heating, working, deformation, etc. Inclusivity, diversity, and equality in STEM are incredibly important to me.
Dr. rer. nat. Margaret Kolbe Annellen Koker
undergraduate student educator and materials researcher
Assistant Professor of Physics at Lawrence University
(2021 – present)
Previous Positions in Research and Teaching
Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Lawrence University
(2018 – 2021)
Engineering Lecturer at Cornell University
Beamline Scientist at GSECARS (Advanced Photon Source, University of Chicago)
(2016 – 2018)
Research Associate at CHESS (Cornell University)
(2015 – 2016)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CHESS (Cornell University)
(2013 – 2015)
Doctor rerum naturalium at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (formerly Metals Research) & Universität Stuttgart
Department of Chemistry (concentration of Materials Science), working with Dr. Ing. Eric J. Mittemeijer.
Master of Science at University of Illinois
Department of Mechanical Engineering, working with Dr. Jonathan A. Danzig and Dr. Armand J. Beaudoin. Defining the Thermo-mechanical Processing Window for Hot-Rolling of Rate Sensitive Materials
Bachelor of Science at Boston University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
N. Y. Juul et al., Elastic Interaction Between Twins During Tensile Deformation of Austenitic Stainless Steel. Scripta Materialia. 120, 1–4 (2016).
N. Y. Juul et al., Measured Resolved Shear Stresses and Bishop-hill Stress States in Individual Grains of Austenitic Stainless Steel. Acta Materialia. 141, 388–404 (2017).
E. Fontes, R. Ryan, M. K. A. Koker, Creating a Brighter Future for Chess: 2016 Users’ Meeting and Science Workshops Report. Synchrotron Radiation News. 29, 30–33 (2016).
N. Chen, M. K. A. Koker, S. Uzun, M. N. Silberstein, In-situ X-ray Study of the Deformation Mechanisms of Non-woven Polypropylene. International Journal of Solids and Structures. 97-98, 200–208 (2016).
W. Tang et al., A Study of Stress Relaxation in AZ31 Using High-energy X-ray Diffraction. Acta Materialia. 101, 71–79 (2015).
D.-H. Ha et al., Solid–Solid Phase Transformations Induced Through Cation Exchange and Strain in 2D Heterostructured Copper Sulfide Nanocrystals.. Nano Letters. 14, 7090–7099 (2014).
M. K. A. Koker, E. Fontes, CHESS Facility Update and Upgrade Planning. Synchrotron Radiation News. 27, 25–29 (2014).
M. K. A. Koker, J. Schaab, N. Zotov, E. J. Mittemeijer, X-ray Diffraction Study of the Reverse Martensitic Transformation in NiTi Shape Memory Thin Films. Thin Solid Films. 545, 71–80 (2013).
M. K. A. Koker, U. Welzel, E. J. Mittemeijer, Elastic Mechanical Grain Interactions in Polycrystalline Materials; Analysis by Diffraction-line Broadening. Philosophical Magazine. 93, 2967–2994 (2013).
M. K. A. Koker, U. Welzel, E. J. Mittemeijer, Measurement of X-ray Diffraction-line Broadening Induced by Elastic Mechanical Grain Interaction. Journal of Applied Crystallography. 47, 391–401 (2014).