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Olivia McNair

Dr. Olivia McNair

Assistant Professor


Dr. Olivia McNair received her bachelor's of science degree in Chemistry from The University of Southern Mississippi and was heavily involved in AGEM, the Alliance for Graduate Education in Mississippi. Post graduation, Olivia continued in a career in secondary education, earning a master's degree in education from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS. During summer months Olivia participated in the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) NSF program at USM before transitioning to the PhD program in polymer science at USM. Her research focused on photopolymerized thiol-alkene networks for energy absorbing applications. Olivia graduated with a PhD, in polymer science in 2013 and has worked as a research scientist at PPG Industries, USM and The Boeing Company before being appointed Assistant Professor in August 2023 at USM, School of Polymer Science and Engineering.

  • PHD - University of Southern Mississippi (2013)
  • MED - William Carey University (2008)
  • BS - University of Southern Mississippi (2004)

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Areas of Expertise

High-Temperature Polymers and Composites, Tuning thermal and mechanical performance of carbon-carbon composites, High performance polymer systems from sustainable resources