Materials Science & Engineering
Marian (Molly) Kennedy
Marian (Molly) Kennedy

Associate Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Phone: (864) 656-5349
Office: 201b Olin Hall
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Awards & Recent Publications


  • 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:

  • 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 (3A), pp 18-26 (2013)

  • 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, vol. 47 (19), pp 6986-699 (2012).

  • Friction and Wear Testing of Micropatterned Surfaces for Use in Orthopeadic Devices, N. Mitchell,* C. Eljach, B. Lodge*, J. Sharp, J. DesJardins, M. Kennedy, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, v. 7, pp 106-115 (2012).

  • Variation of Surface Charge Along the Surface of Wool Fibers Assessed by High-Resolution Force Spectroscopy, B. Zimmerman*, J. Chow, B. Abbott, M. Ellison, M. Kennedy, D. Dean, JEFF (the J of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics), v. 6(2), pp.50-60 (2011). 

  •  Alteration of Dentin-Enamel Mechanical Properties Due to Common Dental Whitening and Etching Treatments, B. Zimmerman*, L. Datko, S. Alapati, D. Dean , M. Kennedy, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, v. 3, pp.339-346 (2010).



Ph.D. in Materials Science (2007) from Washington State University.

Research & Outreach

The Kennedy research group focuses on the mechanical response of thin films and composites ranging from biological systems to  flexible microelectronic systems. Using the fabrication facilities at COMSET and at collaborating labs to fabricate and prepare these systems, her group characterizes how small feature sizes influence both deformation mechanisms and also failure of these structures.   In addition, the group also seeks to positively impacting science and engineering education via research on student motivation and self efficacy.