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Marian Kennedy

Marian (Molly) Kennedy

Associate Professor

Phone: (864) 656-5349
Office: 201 Olin Hall
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Dr. Kennedy’s research group focuses on the mechanical response of thin films and composites. They characterize how architectures and geometry influence both deformation mechanisms and also failure of these structures. In addition, the group also seeks to positively impact engineering education via research on student self-efficacy and effectiveness of traineeships.


Ph.D., Washington State University 
M.S., Washington State University 
B.S., Washington State University 

Research Areas

Mechanical behavior of biological nanocomposites
Tribology of coatings and thin films
Engineering education 

Recent Awards

Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry, Clemson University, 2013
Byars Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Clemson University, 2013
Oakridge National Laboratory CNMS Executive Committee, 2013

Selected Publications

Factors Associated with Student Decision- Making for Participation in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.  D. R. Economy, J. L. Sharp, J. P. Martin, M. S. Kennedy, International Journal of Engineering Education, v. 30, No. 6(A), pp. 1–10, 2014.

Formation of a Metallic Amorphous Layer During the Sliding Wear of Ti/TiN Nanolaminates, B. M. Schultz, R. R. Unocic, J. D. DesJardins, M. S. Kennedy, Tribology Letters, v. 55, pp. 219-226 (2014). 

Impacts of accelerated aging on the mechanical properties of Cu-Nb nanolaminates. D. R. Economy*, B. M. Schultz*, M. S. Kennedy, Journal of Materials Science, v. 47, pp. 6986-6991(2012).

Surface Characterization of As-Spun and Supercontracted Nephila clavipes Dragline Silk, B. Faugas, M. S. Ellison, D. Dean, M. S. Kennedy, Journal of Surface Engineered Materials and Advanced Technology, v. 3, pp. 18-26, 2013.