Affiliated Department or Office
Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2014
M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2010
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of New Hampshire, 2005


After graduating from UNH with a chemical engineering degree in 2005, Danielle Cote worked as a researcher at Saint-Gobain in the Northboro Research and Development Center in polymer science and data automation.  Cote continued working while she pursued a master’s degree at WPI, followed by a PhD fellowship, and joined the WPI faculty in 2016. 

Today Professor Cote’s research focuses on the development of materials for high deposition rate metal additive manufacturing techniques, such as cold spray and wire arc additive manufacturing.  

Professor Cote has been awarded more than $25 million for her research and is a recipient of numerous awards for research and teaching, including several early career research awards, highlighted by a NASA Early Career Faculty Award.  

She incorporates her research into her graduate and undergraduate teaching, including an undergraduate course “Introduction to Materials Science” and a graduate course “Phase Transformations in Materials.”  

Professor Cote serves on a number of WPI committees, several The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) committees, and committees for the American Society for Metals (ASM). She has served as an instructor for WPI Frontiers, a summer pre-college program, and hosted high school interns in her laboratory, in addition to other community outreach efforts.  

Professor Cote has served on several DEI committees focusing on supporting women in STEM, including specific efforts to increase the retention rate of women in materials science professions. She has given numerous presentations and hosted panels on “Creating a welcoming technical workplace” for groups at WPI, international professional societies, and large corporations.

Visit Digital WPI to view student projects and research for which Professor Cote served as advisor, or as a committee member.

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Scholarly Work

Professor Cote’s work focuses on computational thermodynamic and kinetic modeling, Al powder alloys, and solid state additive manufacturing, as well as integrating computational materials science and materials processing.

Professional Highlights & Honors
TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow - 2022,

NASA Early Career Faculty Award - 2021,

CSAT International Cold Spray Researcher of the Year Award - 2021 ,

ASM Bronze Medal Award for Young Professionals - 2019 ,

National Academy of Engineering’s US Frontiers Recipient - 2019 ,

Emerging Leaders Alliance – TMS Awardee - 2019 ,

Women’s Impact Network Women Young Investigator Fellow - 2018 ,

40 Under 40 Heat Treat Today’s Fellow - 2018 ,

ASM Materials Genome Toolkit Award Recipient - 2018 ,

Nanotechnology for Defense Conference Best Poster Award Recipient - 2013 ,

Sigma Xi Inductee (Honor society for scientific research) - 2012 ,

Alpha Sigma Mu Member (Honor society for Materials Science & Engineering) - 2011 ,

Russell M. Searle Instructorship in Mechanical Engineering (WPI) - 2022 ,

Harold L. Jurist ’61 and Heather E. Jurist Endowed Dean’s Chair (WPI) - 2021 ,

WPI Kalenian Invention and Innovation Award - 2021 ,

Sigma Xi WPI Chapter Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher Award - 2021 ,

Excellence in Research in Mechanical Engineering (WPI) - 2021 ,

WPI Varsity Athletics Faculty Champion - 2020, 2021 ,

Koerner Family Fellowship - 2013 ,

Helen Stoddard Fellow (WPI) - 2010 ,


Worcester Business Journal
US$25 million grant to develop cold spray repair

In WPI research news, Worcester Business Journal is the latest to report on the university receiving a $25 million award from the Army Research Lab to be used by Danielle Cote, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and Kyle Tsaknopoulos, a postdoctoral fellow at WPI. They’ll use the funding to advance a cold spray 3D printing technique that could be used to repair military vehicles and equipment.