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Courtney Hollar

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

Courtney Hollar joined the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group and the Mullner Group during Winter Break 2010. She is currently a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Courtney is involved in many community activities, including: Engineers without Borders Club, Society of Women Engineers Club and the Mechanical Engineering Club. As part of the Mechanical Engineering Club, Courtney worked on the Mini-Baja Team. Courtney has been the secretary of Society of Women Engineers Club since 2011. She was also an AVID tutor for students at Riverglen Junior High.  Courtney’s research is on evaluating the magnetic properties of NiMnGa using atomic force microscopy and magnetic force microscopy.

Instruments, Techniques and Software


  • Dimension Icon Scanning Probe Microscope
  • Veeco Dimension 3100 Scanning Probe Microscope
  • FEI Phenom Desktop Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Struers LaboPol-5 Polishing Wheel
  • Vibratory Polisher
  • Allied TechCut 4 Wafer Saw


  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Magnetic Force Microscopy
  • Nanomanipulation
  • Nanoindentation
  • AFM Sample Preparation
  • Sample Polishing


  • Solid Works
  • EndNote Web
  • Nanoscope Analysis
  • Nanoscope 7.3


C.S. Watson, C. Hollar, K. Anderson, W.B. Knowlton, P. Müllner, Magnetomechanical Four-State Memory, Advanced Functional Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201203015, published online March 13th, 2013.


Conference Publications

None at this time.

Conference Presentations and Posters

Chad Watson, Courtney Hollar, Kimball Anderson, William B. Knowlton and Peter Mullner, Stress-Induced Localized Twinning in NiMnGa Single Crystals, oral presentation at the 3rd (ICFSMA) International Conference on Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys (Dresden, Germany, July 18-22, 2011)