In 2011, Jess completed a Bachelor of Engineering - specialising in Materials Engineering and a Bachelor of Science - majoring in Materials Science and Physiology at Monash University (but not before throwing a Diploma of Arts in Philosophy into the mix). During her undergrad Jess completed her Final Year Project (akin to an honours project) investigating the mechanical properties of electrospun poly (ε-caprolactone) nanofibres for their use as a conduit to regrow nerves in spinal cord injuries. In 2010, Jess was also awarded a CSIRO Summer Vacation Scholarship where she investigated the potential use of core-sheath electrospun nanofibres as biomaterials (one potential application being drug delivery). In 2012 Jess started her PhD exploring the potential of drug delivery in resorbable magnesium orthopaedic implants, a multidisciplinary proof of concept project exploring the biocorrosion of magnesium in addition to local drug delivery. During the past 16 months Jess has learnt the importance of troubleshooting and expecting the unexpected.
Jess is presently the Materials Engineering Department Postgraduate Representative with responsibilities to organise departmental conferences and social events. Jess also enjoys demonstrating Materials Engineering laboratory classes to first year engineering students (and convincing them that Materials is the path to true enlightenment). Along with being a general representative for the Monash Polish Society (MOPS), Jess is a committee member for Monash Student Association Activities Department for the 9th year running. Jess also regularly attends technical meetings for the Australasian Corrosion Association, and was awarded a Postgraduate Conference Attendance Scholarship for their annual Corrosion & Prevention conference in 2013.
In her free time, Jess can be found spending time with her friends, going to gigs and trivia nights, supporting her AFL team Collingwood, watching cricket, reading a good book, learning the fine art of whisky making and beer brewing, as well as dabbling in molecular gastronomy.