Kristen John

  • Program Years: 2009-2013
  • Academic Institution: California Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Aerospace Engineering
  • Academic Advisor: Guruswami Ravichandran
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2011)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2014
    M.S. Aerospace Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2010
    B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas, 2008

Current Status

  • Status: Postdoctoral Fellow - NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Research Area: Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science


John, Kristen Kathleen. "Strength of tantalum at high pressures through Richtmyer-Meshkov laser compression experiments and simulations." Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. 2014.

Beach, F., Delcambre, M., John, K., Mark, H., May, B., Saidi, S. and Watt, T. "Multiple Shots on a 54-mm Diameter Round-Bore Electromagnetic Railgun using Stainless Steel Rails." Institute for Advanced Technology. August 2006.


-National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention, 2009
-Distinguished New Member, Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering Honor Society
-Member, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
-Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
-Nominated, NASA JPL “Leaders in Space Exploration” Event - Women’s History Month, 2012
-Committee Member (Faculty-nominated), James K. Knowles Lecture and Caltech Solid Mechanics Symposium, 2012
-Recipient, 2009-2010 National Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Award
-Recipient, 2009-2010 Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship Award, University of Texas at Austin Chapter
-Recipient, 2008-2009 Materials Information Society/ASM-International Scholarship
-Recipient, 2008-2009 Jose M. Luna Endowed Scholarship from the School of Engineering
-Recipient, 2007-2008 AIAA Spirit of Apollo Scholarship
-Recipient, 2007-2008 Wings Over Houston Airshow Scholarship
-Recipient, 2007 AIAA Southwest Texas Scholarship
-Recipient, 2007 Molly Gottlieb S