Dr. Marcia Cooper, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, and a faculty member of the Turbomachinery Laboratory, has recently been elected as the Vice Chair of the American Physics Society Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter (APS GSCCM). The GSCCM, established in 1984, serves as a platform for fostering the development and exchange of information regarding the dynamic high-pressure properties of materials.
Dr. Cooper has been a member of the GSCCM since 2009 and is enthusiastic to assume a leadership position within the organization, which has played a significant role in connecting scientists working in the field of shock compression. Prior to her election as Vice Chair, Dr. Cooper actively contributed to the APS–GSCCM Conference as a member of the Technical Committee in 2013 and 2015. Additionally, she has served as a member of the 2021 Early Career Award Selection Committee and the George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award Selection Committee.
Currently, Dr. Marcia Cooper’s research primarily focuses on studying the intricate behaviors of heterogeneous materials in severe environments. Her research facilities enable investigations into uniaxial compression and dynamic impact. In addition to her research endeavors, Dr. Cooper is spearheading a community initiative to enhance the thermal sciences curriculum within the mechanical engineering department at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Cooper feels “honored to have been elected by her peers” and is eager to serve the organization. Cooper will transition to the Chair position in 2025.
Author: Kristen Clayton
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