Alina is a Ph.D. student working on the development of ultra-high temperature thermal energy storage. Her research focuses on measurements of thermo-mechanical properties at high temperatures. For her M.S. work, she developed solar-driven atmospheric water harvesting devices using adsorbent materials for water collection from the air in arid environments. She received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, where her research was focused on modeling thermal energy storage systems for nuclear power plants. Previously, she worked at Firefly Space Systems designing components for thermal fluid systems. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing around New England and the world.