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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.  

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

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 SigmMu 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.

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