Brittany Nez

Materials  Engineer

Education

B.S.E. Aerospace Engineering (Aeronautics), Arizona State University, 2017

Current Role at QuesTek

Brittany Nez’s background in aerospace and mechanical engineering has given her an interesting perspective as a Materials Engineer. Her main focus is leading experimental phases for aerospace materials projects. She also assists in developing, commercializing and designing QuesTek materials and products for customers across a variety of industries.

Background and Specialization

Her previous efforts included materials research for aerospace applications and additive manufacturing. Brittany has applied a variety of alloy systems including nickel-based super alloys, titanium, aluminum, stainless steels, and refractory alloys to aerospace applications such as turbine blades, anchoring devices, rocket nozzles, and other rocket propulsion applications. Much of her work also consisted of research and development for the additive manufacturing process of these materials.

Professional Associations

Brittany is an active member of several engineering and science associations. She was president of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), ASU chapter, where she promoted STEM to the next generation of Native American students (K-12) through activities, outreach, and other events, as well as provide network opportunities for college students to interact with industry members. Other professional associations she has been affiliated with include the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Honors and Awards

Her honors and awards include becoming the Outstanding Graduate in Aerospace Engineering for 2017, receiving a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Fellowship from Northwestern University, competing in NASA’s Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) Program, and attaining several prestigious scholarships such as the Chief Manuelito Scholarship and the LaVeda Huit Carpenter Scholarship.