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Marian Kennedy

Marian (Molly) Kennedy

Associate Professor

Phone: (864) 656-5349
Office: 110 Olin Hall
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Dr. Kennedy’s research group focuses on the mechanical and tribological response of thin films and bulk materials. They characterize how architectures 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 and tribological behavior of films and bulk materials
Engineering education 

Recent Awards

Grand Challenges Faculty Fellow, Clemson, 2020-2021

Murray Stokely Award for Excellence in Teaching, Clemson, 2017

Oakridge National Laboratory CNMS Executive Committee Chair, 2016

Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry, Clemson, 2013

Byars Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Clemson University, 2013

Selected Publications

M. Navarro-Lozoya, M. Kennedy, D. Dean, J. Rodriguez-Devora, Development of phantom material that resembles compression properties of human brain tissue for training models, Materialia (2019).

M.J. Cordill, A. Kleinbichler, B. Völker, P. Kraker, D.R. Economy, D. Többens, C. Kirchlechner, M.S. Kennedy; In-situ observations of the fracture and adhesion of Cu/Nb multilayers on polyimide substrates, Materials Science & Engineering A (2018).

B. Schultz, N. Li, D. Economy, J. Sharp, N. Mara, M. Kennedy; Tribological Performance of Monolithic Copper Thin Films During Nanowear, Wear (2017)

C.J. Faber, R.L. Kajfez, A.M. McAlister, K.M. Ehlert, D.M. Lee, M.S. Kennedy, L.C. Benson, Undergraduate engineering students' perceptions of research and researchers, Journal of Engineering Education, vol. 109(4), (2020).

N.A. Mamaril, E. Usher, C., Li, D.R. Economy, M.S. Kennedy, Measuring Undergraduate Students’ Engineering Self-Efficacy: A Validation Study, Journal of Engineering Education, vol. 105 (2); pgs. 366-395 (2016).