Biography:Caitlynn Fortner joined the Advanced Polymer Research Lab in the fall of 2013 as an undergraduate research assistant. Her research focuses on the potential of shape memory foams as potential materials for flexible electronics or neural implants. Fortner is a Freshman McDermott Scholar with an undeclared major, but her interests include Chemistry and Agriculture.
Caitlynn was born in Dalton, GA, where she lived until 2013 when her family moved to Houston, TX. She attended Culver Military Academy, a college-preparatory boarding high school in Culver, IN. In the summer of 2012 she spent eight weeks researching molecular markers for Blight in rice at the Maharashtran Hybrid Seeds Company in Jalna, India as a Borlaug-Ruan Intern. On campus, she hopes to form a group of “Hunger Fighters” to offer educational and service opportunities for the hungry in the Dallas area. She is also a member of the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions.
Research Interests: Shape memory polymers, flexible electronics, variable dielectrics, biomedical devices,