Two things Amber McClung, Ph.D., enjoys most about St. Mary’s is working with her students in the new Mechanical Engineering program and the unique opportunity to work in a dynamic environment collaborating with research professionals whom hold an amazing variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise.
She joined the University in 2012 after serving as a National Research Council Associate at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Her Air Force research in the Composites and Hybrids Branch of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate was focused on adaptive, active and multifunctional materials.
This research led to four peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 conference presentations and papers. She is also a co-editor for a book about shape memory polymers for aerospace applications. Additionally, she presented the results of this research at the 2008 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Pressure Vessel and Piping Conference, and won the 16th International Annual ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Division Student Paper Competition.
Because of these positive experiences, she highly encourages students to participate in research conferences with their own work as well.
McClung, A.J.W., Tandon, G.P., and Baur, J.W. “Deformation Rate-, Hold Time-, and Cycle-Dependent Shape Memory Performance of Veriflex-E Resin.” Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, 17 (2013) 39-52.
Shumaker, J.A., McClung, A.J.W., And Baur, J.W. “Synthesis of High Temperature Polyaspartimide-urea Based Shape Memory Polymers.” Polymer, 53 (2012) 4637-4642.
Cheng, L., Torres, Y., Lee, K.M., McClung, A.J.W., Baur, J., White, T., and Oates, W.S. “Photomechanical Bending Mechanics of Polydomain Azobenzene Liquid Crystal Polymer Network Films.” Journal of Applied Physics, 112 (2012)
McClung, A.J.W., Tandon, G.P., and Baur, J.W. “Strain Rate- and Temperature-Dependent Tensile Properties of an Epoxy-Based, Thermosetting, Shape Memory Polymer (Veriflex-E).” Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials 16 (2012) 205-221.
McClung, A.J.W., Tandon, G.P., Goecke, K.E., and Baur, J.W. “Non-Contact Technique for Characterizing Full-Field Surface Deformation of Shape Memory Polymers at Elevated and Room Temperatures.” Polymer Testing 30 (2011) 140–149.
McClung, A.J.W. and Ruggles-Wrenn, M.B. “Effects of Prior Aging at 288 °C in Argon Environment on Time-Dependent Deformation Behavior of a Thermoset Polymer at Elevated Temperature, Part I: Experiments.” Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 114 (2009) 2956–2962.
McClung, A.J.W. and Ruggles-Wrenn, M.B. “Effects of Prior Aging at 288 °C in Argon Environment on Time-Dependent Deformation Behavior of a Thermoset Polymer at Elevated Temperature, Part II: Modeling with Viscoplasticity Theory Based on Overstress.” Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 114 (2009) 3389-3395.
McClung, A.J.W. and Ruggles-Wrenn, M.B. “Strain Rate Dependence and Short-Term Relaxation Behavior of a Thermoset Polymer at Elevated Temperature: Experiment and Modeling.” Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, Trans ASME, 131 (2009) 031405.
McClung, A.J.W. and Ruggles-Wrenn, M.B. “The Rate (Time)-Dependent Mechanical Behavior of the PMR-15 Thermoset Polymer at Elevated Temperature.” Polymer Testing, 27 (2008) 908–914.