Dr. Shannon Taylor

    Ph.D. Student (alumna)
    Co-advised with Prof. Ramille Shah

    Phone: 847.467.5416
    Email: sltaylor@northwestern.edu
    Address: 2220 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

I grew up in North Carolina and earned my bachelor’s degree in Archaeology and Materials from MIT with a minor in Spanish. While at MIT I became involved in research at the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology. I studied the mechanical properties and microstructures of Cu-Ag alloys as well as their significance to the ancient cultures of Western Mexico and the Andean region of South America. I also spent a summer working at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) using non-destructive techniques to study murals from 16th century Spanish churches. I enjoy cooking, playing the flute, origami, and eating delicious food.

For my PhD research I will be working with Prof. Dunand and Prof. Ramille Shah to develop a method for 3-D printing Ni-Mn-Ga fibers. Ni-Mn-Ga is of particular interest because it is a magnetic shape memory alloy and therefore has potential applications in energy and medicine.

Selected Honors

  1. NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2011)


  1. Taylor, S. L., Jakus, A. E., Koube, K. D., Ibeh, A. J., Geisendorfer, N. R., Shah, R. N., & Dunand, D. C. (2018). Sintering of micro-trusses created by extrusion-3D-printing of lunar regolith inks. Acta Astronautica, 143, 1-8.
  2. Taylor, S. L., Shah, R. N., & Dunand, D. C. (2018). Ni-Mn-Ga micro-trusses via sintering of 3D-printed inks containing elemental powders. Acta Materialia, 143, 20-29.
  3. Taylor, S. L., Jakus, A. E., Shah, R. N., & Dunand, D. C. (2016). Iron and Nickel Cellular Structures by Sintering of 3D-Printed Oxide or Metallic Particle Inks. Advanced Engineering Materials.
  4. Jakus, A. E., Taylor, S. L., Geisendorfer, N. R., Dunand, D. C., & Shah, R. N. (2015). Metallic Architectures from 3D-Printed Powder-Based Liquid Inks. Advanced Functional Materials, 25(45), 6985-6995. doi:10.1002/adfm.201503921
  5. Arroyo, E.; Lara, A. C.; Espinosa, M,; Ruvalcaba, J. L.; Zetina, S.; Hernández E. and Taylor, S. “The Influence of Glass in the Color of Red Lakes Layers in Oil Painting: A Case Study in a Pictorial Series Attributed to Murillo Located in Guadalajara, Mexico,” MRS Proceedings 2012, 1374, 61-72.
  6. Riquelme, F.; Cuevas-García, M.; Alvarado-Ortega, J.; Taylor, S.; Ruvalcaba-Sil, J. L.; Linares-López, C.; Aguilar-Franco, M. and Yadeun-Angulo, J. “New Insights into Ancient Maya Building Materials: Characterization of Mortar, Plaster, and Coquina Flagstones from Toniná,” MRS Proceedings 2012, 1374, 145-164.