MME's Dr. Jacqueline Noder making real-world impact

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Dr. Jacqueline Noder recently completed a PhD in mechanical and mechatronics engineering. She previously did a master’s in engineering at Waterloo.

Noder’s research focuses on formability characterization and prediction with through-thickness strain and stress gradients. Her research interests extend to the practical application of sheet metal forming and machining.

“I’ve had a lot of support from all the people working in the machine shop, and I’ve worked closely with them,” Noder says. “They provide a lot of guidance and are so patient with all my requests. So, I really appreciate all the technologists. Experimental work plays a major role in my research and having people in the lab who can help you with equipment -- it’s so valuable.”

Noder says she took a somewhat unconventional route to her PhD studies and to engineering more generally. She was initially unsure that academic work was right for her, and says it was somewhat odd to be a female in engineering and especially in mechanical and industrial engineering.

But because of her own experience and different path to the university, Noder says she has a lot of empathy for students who may be uncertain of their direction or have difficulty adjusting.

“I’m passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduate and co-op students,” she says. “The dynamic nature of the university, working with the students and the involvement through co-ops. It was a pleasure to be a part of it, and I’m looking forward to continuing my research.”

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