University of Tennessee
Computational Materials Research Group

Valerie García-Negrón's Graduation
Knoxville, TN, November 19, 2020

Amidst the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valerie García-Negrón participated in the graduation ceremony at the University of Tennessee. These photos begin with the obligatory graduation selfie in a sparkly mask.

Fellow student, Dami Akamo, received his Masters in Materials Science & Engineering at the same ceremony.

Valerie and Eduardo, fiancé and co-author!

Valerie and her parents.

On the next day, one of Valerie's advisors, Prof. David Keffer, and fellow doctoral students, Ms. Lu Yu, presented Valerie with a t-shirt bearing some of her research work as well as a UT pennant signed by members of the research team.

Then we had another round of photos. Here we are joined by Valerie's parents... well as Eduardo's mom.

We present Dr. García-Negrón!

For those interested, see below for two of Valerie's published works included in the dissertation.
  • García-Negrón, V., Oyedele, A.D., Ponce, E., Rios, O., Harper, D.P., Keffer, D.J., “Evaluation of Nano-and Mesoscale Structural Features in Composite Materials through Hierarchical Decomposition of the Radial Distribution Function”, J. Appl. Crystallogr. 51 2018 pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1107/S1600576717016843 .
  • García-Negrón, V., Kizzire, D.G., Rios, O., Keffer, D.J., Harper, D.P., “Elucidating Nano and Meso-Structures of Lignin Carbon Composites: A Comprehensive Study of Feedstock and Temperature Dependence”, Carbon 161 2020 pp. 856-869, doi: 10.1016/j.carbon.2020.02.010 .