Beth Last

Beth Last

X-ray Scattering/Mechanical


Beth joined the X-ray Scattering Lab in MCL in October, 2018. Prior to joining the lab as a staff member, Beth was a student user for her Ph.D research. Her research focused on the multi-scale microstructure and thermo-mechanical characterization of additive manufactured nickel-titanium (NiTi) shape memory alloys. 

Since joining MCL, Beth's interests have broadened beyond metals and additive manufactured metals to include everything ranging from historical paint samples to shell samples to samples made from cement.   


Ph.D in Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State, 2019

M.S. in Engineering Science, Penn State, 2013

B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State, 2011


  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
  • Mechanical testing 
  • Hardness testing / Microindentation

Fun Facts

Outside of work, Beth enjoys quilting, gardening, and making jams. Beth enjoys working through the complex cutting to fit together fabric to make a quilt, as well as the satisfaction of making an excellent grape jam.  

Penn State Erie, the Behrend College
254 Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center (AMIC)