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MSE Ambassadors

Interested in learning more about the MSE Department? Reach out to the Ambassadors for a tour!


Madeline Loveday:

Madeline is a 5th year student in the MSE department, and will graduate in May 2023. Outside of class, she has done research for eight semesters, and starting this fall, will be a Supplemental Instruction session leader for MSE 201. She has completed three co-op/ internship semesters: two semesters at CleanAir Engineering and one semester at AMETEK Ortec in Oak Ridge. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, embroidery, and working on her school bus- RV conversion for her honeymoon road trip to Alaska. Her favorite part of being an ambassador is getting to meet new and prospective students and sharing her excitement and love for MSE with them.



Bethany Claes:

Bethany Claes is a Junior in MSE and an out-of-state VOL from Morrisville, North Carolina. She is involved in undergraduate research with the MSE department, is a Society of Women Engineers mentor, an Engineers without Borders member, and a member of Materials Advantage. While majoring in MSE, Bethany has had the opportunity to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Duke University. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, reading, and knitting.



Marlena Alexander:

Marlena Alexander is an undergraduate in MSE from Kingston, Tennessee. She is currently involved in  the 1794s Scholars program, undergraduate research at the Scintillation Materials Research Center within the MSE department, and the Materials Advantage club where she serves as secretary. Her favorite hobby is hiking and exploring the trails around Knoxville!




Maddie Maben:

Maddie Maben is a sophomore in MSE from Knoxville, Tennessee. She is currently involved in undergraduate research with the MSE department, the 1794 Scholars program, the Society for Women Engineers (SWE), and the Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program for engineering students. Her favorite hobby is practicing music as part of an Applied Music minor.




Kim Pestovich:

Kim Pestovich is a PhD student in the Scintillation Materials Research Center. Kim is from New Mexico and moved to Knoxville for graduate school. She is involved with Materials Research Society and Society of Women Engineers at UTK. Kim likes to go on hikes with her dog and play trivia.