Amanda Toledo Barrios

MIT Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Undergraduate Institution: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Faculty Mentor: Paulo Lozano
Research Supervisor: Bjarni Kristinsson
Website: LinkedIn


I am a Mexican-Guatemalan American from Fort Worth, Texas who is currently pursuing an Aerospace Engineering major in the combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. My current research interest is in experimental mechanics, particularly aimed at understanding the mechanical behavior of polymer matrix composite systems. I am also interested in combustion and fluid dynamics especially in developing electric propulsion systems for deep space missions. My interest in pursuing a doctoral degree stems from my lifelong passion to be in scientific research and development. I also intend to become a professor. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer and giving back to my community through volunteering.