Jessica A. Krogstad is an assistant professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her PhD in Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara working with Prof. Carlos G. Levi in 2012.  Between 2012 and 2014, she held a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University with Prof. Kevin J. Hemker.  Her current research efforts include microstructural evolution of porous ceramics subject to irradiation through a combination of radiation enhanced diffusion and thermophoresis, microstructural and phase evolution in highly porous ceramic aerogels subject to extreme thermal gradients, and microstructural contributions to twin-mediated, non-linear deformation of polycrystalline ceramics.

Krogstad has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed papers and 4 patents.  These highlight her interests in phase and microstructural evolution in both ceramic and metallic systems, including contributions on thermal barrier coatings, nanocrystalline superalloys, oxidation, corrosion and engineering education.

She is the recipient of a DOE Early Career Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, the ACerS Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars and the TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award. Prof. Krogstad is a member of the Engineering Ceramics Division and the ACerS Young Professional Network.  She is the Chair of the Joint Materials Advantage Committee comprised of all four member societies, as well as the Faculty advisor for the UIUC Materials Advantage Chapter, while also coordinating the high school outreach camp, GEMS: Gender Equity in Materials Science Camp each summer in Urbana, IL.