Kaitlyn E Crawford

Kaitlyn E. Crawford

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

One of my aims is to lead by example in creating space and time to engage in life interests beyond work. A healthy balance between work and life can fuel growth and creativity in both. Ask me about my favorite books and outdoor hobbies.


Academic Timeline

University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC)

B.S. Chemistry and Psychology
Research Mentor: Sherine O. Obare


North Carolina State University (NCSU)

M.S. Chemistry
Research Mentor: Christopher B. Gorman


University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)

Ph.D. Chemisty
Research Mentor: Lawrence R. Sita


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Postdoctoral Associate, Materials Science and Engineering

Research Mentor: John A. Rogers


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Visiting Scholar, Materials Science and Enginering
Research Mentor: John A. Rogers


Northwestern University (NU)

Postdoctoral Associate, Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics
Research Mentor: John A. Rogers


University of Central Florida (UCF)

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Biionix™ Cluster Member

Courtesy appointments: Department of Chemistry, Bioengineering, Biomedical Sciences, and the Nano Science and Technology Center


Our Research is Made Possible by Our


Department of Homeland Security, $1,500,000; role: PI, award period 09/2022 – 09/2025

Imec USA-UCF Seed Grant, $99,999; role: PI, award period 07/2021 – 07/2022 (extended to 07/2023)

Florida Space Grant, NASA, $25,000; role: Co-PI, award period 01/2022 (extended to 06/2023)

UCF Seed Grant, $25,000; role: Co-PI, award period 01/2022 (extended to 06/2023)

UCF, Quality Enhancement Plan for Undergraduate Mentoring, $10,000; role: Co-PI, award period 08/2018 – 05/2020

Since Joining UCF

Invited Speaker

Asilomar Bioelectronics workshop, Pacific Grove, CA; Sep 2022

University of Arizona, Tuscan, AZ; Sep 2022

American Chemical Society (Analytical Chemistry); Chicago, IL; Aug 2022

Materials Research Society (Bioelectronics); Boston, MA; virtual; Dec 2021

American Chemical Society (Analytical Chemistry); virtual; Aug 2021

Materials Research Society (Bioelectronics); virtual; Apr 2021

North Carolina State University (Electrical Engineering); virtual; Oct 2020

University of South Florida (Chemical Engineering); Tampa, FL; Feb 2020

Polymers for Advanced Technologies (PAT) 2019; College Station, TX; Aug 2019

Tosoh Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) workshop; New Orleans, LA; Jul 2019

Automation, AI and Robotics workshop; Houston, TX; Mar 2019

Kavli Foundation Bioelectronics workshop; Rice U. Houston, TX; May 2018


Awards & Honors

Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel, Jewish National Fund 2022

Faculty Excellence Honoree, Women’s History Month (UCF) 2021

Board of Visitors Outstanding Graduate Research (UMD) 2015

Outstanding Graduate Research, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (UMD) 2015

Michael J. Pelczar Award for Excellence in Graduate Study (UMD) 2015

ACS Division of Organic Chemistry, Outstanding Graduate Research Honorable Mention 2015

ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Fellowship 2015

GAANN Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education 2013-2014

Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award; Graduate School at UMD, College Park 2013

Travel award presented by Precision Polyolefins LLC 2013

Dennis Wertz Excellence of Teaching Award; Department of Chemistry, NCSU 2010

Outstanding Undergraduate Research; Carolina Chemistry (ACS, Piedmont Section) 2009

Exceptional Research Presentation; Department of Chemistry, UNCC 2009

Best Poster Award; 237th ACS National Meeting, Div. Colloid and Surface Materials 2009

Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award; Carolina Chemistry Club 2009