Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Amanda Wu

Materials Scientist

Materials Science Division

December 1, 2020

What do you like about working at the Lab?

As a materials scientist, I appreciate the challenges brought by the broad range of materials and applications of interest to LLNL.

What do your day-to-day work activities include?

I conduct research in metals additive manufacturing. My routine activities include mentoring postdocs, leading materials manufacturing and characterization efforts, and providing scientific expertise on review panels and technology realization teams.

What is one project you’re really proud to have worked on?

I’m very proud of LLNL’s efforts toward manufacturing modernization. We aggressively develop and prove-in technologies to ensure NNSA manufactures metals in a fiscally responsible and environmentally-conscious manner.

What is your educational background?

I have a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California and a PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Delaware.

What inspired you to go into science?

I have always been inspired by space exploration. My exposure to space camps and visits to various NASA centers sparked my interest at a young age.

What advice would you give to a new employee at the Lab?

Familiarize yourself with LLNL’s core mission areas and strive to understand your sponsor’s needs.

What do you do in your free time?

I spend my free time with my spouse and children.

Are you a member of any employee resource groups (ERGs)?

I’m a member of the Asian Pacific American Council and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women’s Association, but I enjoy interacting with all the ERGs and have had the opportunity to do so through a recent diversity and initiative campaign. The brightest minds at the Lab and most conscientious individuals can be found in these groups of people who volunteer their time to improve the culture of the Lab.

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