Melissa McCann is a first year PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She graduated from WashU in December 2019 with an MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering where she was subsequently awarded the Dean's Select Fellowship to continue her doctoral studies. Her master's thesis focused on combining organic and metallic phase change materials (PCMs) for niche applications in transient thermal systems. The solid-liquid phase change regimes were application specific based on the melting temperature of the composite materials. Before moving to St. Louis, she graduated from Allegheny College where she majored in Environmental Science and focused her research on independently modeling, fabricating, and testing light concentrating systems for photovoltaic devices. Her doctoral studies combine her interests of integrating electronic cooling materials into sustainable energy design to mitigate heat fluctuations.