Jessica A. Krogstad received her BS with Honors in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2007 and her PhD in Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2012, she began a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University with Prof. Kevin J. Hemker. She joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor in August 2014. Her group focuses on understanding materials in nonequilibrium configurations and the evolution thereof, so as to generate and optimize unique functionality for operation in dynamic and extreme environments. She is also the faculty coordinator for GLAM, Girls Learning about Materials, a week long summer camp for high school women.