Kristen Scotti

    Ph.D. Student
    Co-advised with Prof. Peter Voorhees

    Phone: 847.467.5416
    Address: 2220 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and earned my bachelor’s degree from Northwestern. My undergraduate research, advised by Prof. David Dunand, focused on investigating the effect of gravity on microstructures templated during solidification using the freeze-casting technique. Solidification experiments were conducted during three parabolic flight campaigns with NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. I also served as team lead for the SpaceICE CubeSat Mission, a collaborative project with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Bradley University to launch a freeze-casting experiment into Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

For my PhD research, I will be working with Prof. David Dunand and Prof. Peter Voorhees to conduct longer-term microgravity experiments on the freeze-casting process on the International Space Station and to build computational models that describe processing-structure-property relationships in freeze-cast materials. To that end, I developed and currently manage an open-science, freeze-casting data repository ( aimed at facilitating broad dissemination of experimental data to freeze-casting researchers and users, promote better informed experimental design, and encourage modeling efforts that relate processing conditions to microstructure formation and material properties.

Selected Honors

  1. Regional Winner (USA & Canada) in Mathematics & Physics, Undergraduate Awards, Ireland (2016)
  2. Jack Kent Cooke Scholar (2012-2016)
  3. NASA Aerospace Scholar (2011)


  1. Scotti, K. L., & Dunand, D. C. (2018). Freeze Casting–A Review of Processing, Microstructure and Properties via the Open Data Repository, FreezeCasting. net. Progress in Materials Science.
  2. Scotti, K.L., Northard, E.E., Plunk, A., Tappan, B.C., & Dunand, D.C. (2017). Directional solidification of aqueous TiO2 suspensions under reduced gravity. Acta Materialia, 124, 608-619.