Alicyn Rhoades, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Engineering, Plastics Engineering Technology
Office Phone: 814-898-6287
Office Location: 213K Burke
Mailing Address:
ERIE, PA 16563

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Dr. Alicyn Rhoades specializes in polymer thermodynamics, with active research in polymer crystallization using fast-scanning calorimetry techniques. She also has active research projects focusing on polymer composite formulation as well as materials for additive manufacturing. She is also a graduate faculty member of the Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) Department at Penn State University.

Dr. Rhoades received the Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering (2006) from The University of Southern Mississippi with a graduate minor program in Commercializing Technology. She received her B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology (2001) from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Prior to joining Penn State Behrend in August 2012, Dr. Rhoades was employed as Industrial Marketing Manager, Thermoplastic Urethanes, at Bayer MaterialScience LLC from 2011-2012 and as Innovation Manager from 2009-2011. From 2007-2009 she was Research Commercialization Project Manager at The Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center.

Courses Taught

  • Thermoplastics Composites (PLET 464)
  • Plastics Failure Analysis (PLET 497A)
  • Thermodynamics / Heat Transfer (PLET 366 / 345)
  • Flow Simulation Lab (PLET 330)

Awards and Sponsored Research Funding

  • NSF CAREER Award: Flow-Induced Crystallization for Advanced Plastics Engineering (2017-2022)
  • General Motors Sponsored Research (2016-2018)
  • SKF Aerospace Sponsored Research (2013-2018)
  • Covestro LLC Sponsored Research (2015-2018)
  • Research Award: Penn State Behrend School of Engineering (2015)
  • General Motors Research Startup Award (2013)
  • W.O.M.E.N. in America Mentee (Founded by Fortune 500 Women, 2010-2013)
  • NSF IGERT Fellow, 2004-2006


  • Society of Plastics Engineers – Professional Member
  • American Chemical Society – Professional Member
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science – Professional Member
  • Industrial Research Institute – Bayer delegate (2010-2012)
  • NCAA Div III Varsity Softball, Penn State Behrend (1997-2001)
Research Interests
Bulk thermoplastic crystallization, Polymer blends, reactive polymer blends, composites, polymer coatings.