First female engineering doctoral student defends Ph.D. dissertation

First female engineering doctoral student defends Ph.D. dissertation

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Elyse Baroncini, of Long Island, New York, successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation, titled "Bio-based Thiol-ene Polymer Electrolytes," on March 8, International Women's Day.

Baroncini is the first woman -- and only the fourth person in the young doctoral program -- to defend her dissertation at the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, as well as the first person in the Class of 2019 and the first chemical engineering major to reach that milestone.

She completed her graduate student work through the Department of Chemical Engineering, working in Rowan’s Sustainable Materials Research Lab. Her work in polymer electrolytes has the potential to improve materials used in lithium-ion batteries.  

Prior to her work at Rowan, Baroncini completed a bachelor of science in physics at Franklin & Marshall College. She has accepted a research scientist position with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, Maryland.