Michael Walden is a senior at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. He will graduate in May of 2016 with a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering, as well as minors in physics and chemistry. His current roles at MS&T include positions as the President of Keramos and Vice-President of Material Advantage. In addition to undergraduate research projects involving bioglass fibers and ZrB2-composite refractories during his sophomore and junior years, Michael spent the summer of 2015 interning for GE Aviation in Dayton, Ohio. His plan after graduation is to seek a doctorate in materials science with a research field of either solid-state electronics or ultra-high-temperature ceramics.