Allyson L. McGaughey, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Environmental Engineering (2021)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Advisor: Prof. Amy Childress

M.S. Environmental Engineering (2017)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

B.S. Chemical Engineering, minor in music (2014)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

academic & research experience

Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University (2021-present)

Postdoctoral Associate, University of Southern California (2021)

Research Assistant, University of Southern California (2015-2020)

Teaching Assistant, University of Southern California (2015-2020)

honors & awards

Andlinger Center Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship (2021)

Jenny Wang Excellence in Teaching Award (2021)

USC CEE Best Dissertation Award (Environmental Engineering) (2021)

USC CEE Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2020)

USC WiSE Merit Award (2019)

USC CEE Outstanding Research Assistant Award (2018)

American Membrane Technology Association / Affordable Desalination Coalition Fellowship (2018)

USC Viterbi School of Engineering Ph.D. Merit Fellowship (2015)

service & leadership

Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals (2017-present)

NAWI NextGen Site Representative (2018-2020)

Mentor for USC Young Researcher’s Program, USC SHINE Program, USC WiSE Program, and Científico Latino GSMI (2017-2020)

Organizer for NSF-AEESP Grand Challenges workshop (2016)

PADI Dive Master (2012-2015)

Course Instructor and Private Tutor at Tier One Tutors (2014)

Cellist in University of Washington Symphony (2010-2014)

Tutor at Seattle Music Partners (2009-2010)

skills & certifications

Instrumentation and Laboratory Skills: Scanning electron microscope and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (FESEM-EDS) (JEOL JSM-7001F, FEI Nova NanoSEM 450, FEI Quanta 200 ESEM), atomic force microscope (AFM) (Asylum MFP-3D, Bruker Dimension Icon, Bruker Innova), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (ThermoFisher K-Alpha), ellipsometer (Woollam M-2000), contact angle goniometer (ramé-hart Model 250, Kruss DSA100), force tensiometer (Kruss K100C); experienced in polymer synthesis via ATRP and design and fabrication of bench-scale systems and data acquisition programs for membrane performance characterization and liquid entry pressure analysis

Software: MATLAB, NI LabView, Visual Minteq, OLI Studio, ImageJ, Gwyddion, Veusz, Aspen, and Microsoft Office suite

US NCEES Engineer-in-Training Certification (2014)

PADI Divemaster and Rescue Diver Certification (2012)