Laboratory Coordinator


Amanda L. Mashburn graduated from the University of West Georgia (UWG) in Spring 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics.

She is currently a graduate student at Kennesaw State University (KSU) pursuing a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

In Aug. 2016, Mrs. Mashburn was hired as the Assistant Laboratory Coordinator in the UWG Physics department. Then, in Aug. 2017, she was hired as a Laboratory Coordinator for the UWG Physics department, where she currently instructs Physics Laboratory classes and assists with the UWG Observatory.

During her time as a undergraduate, she participated in research projects in Astronomy (Photometry), Science Education, Astrophysics and Computational Atomic Physics.

She received awards for her research, such as the 1st place award for Outstanding Oral Presentation in Science Education at the Georgia Academy of Sciences in 2014. In 2016, she received 1st place in the UWG's College of Science and Mathematics Research Day, where she went on to present her research at UWG's Big Night 2016.
She was invited by UWG's President Dr. Kyle Marrero to present her research at the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) in May 2015. Her presentation can be viewed here.

Mrs. Mashburn's Astrophysics research has been published in high-impact refereed journals such as The Astrophysical Journal and Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

As an undergraduate, Mrs. Mashburn was also a Teaching Assistant for the Physics department, instructing the Astronomy and Physics I & II laboratory courses, as well as the Lead Observing Assistant for the UWG Observatory.
She was the President of the Physics and Engineering Club at UWG from 2012- 2013, and oversaw the construction of a trebuchet for the public outreach event Pumpkin Chunkin'. The news article can be viewed here. A video of the trebuchet can be viewed here and here.

In Spring 2019, Mrs. Mashburn expanded her knowledge to mechanical and aerospace engineering by beginning the pursuit of an Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from KSU.
She has worked two internships as a mechanical engineering intern. In Summer 2019, she worked for UNIQ Technologies, Inc. where she assisted the Airwyse drone engineering team in developing the drone’s several subsystems.
In Summer 2020, she worked for Enercon Services, Inc. where she supported the design and analysis of changes to existing nuclear power plants as well as new plant systems.



  • Principles of Physics I Laboratory (PHYS 2211L)
  • Principles of Physics I Honors Laboratory (PHYS 2211L-25H)
  • Principles of Physics II Laboratory (PHYS 2212L)
  • Principles of Physics II Honors Laboratory (PHYS 2212L-25H)
  • Introductory Physics I Laboratory (PHYS 1111L)
  • Introductory Physics II Laboratory (PHYS 1112L)


Education / Degrees

  • B.Sc., Physics, University of West Georgia, 2016
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Kennesaw State University, 2020
  • Publication List

    Neutron-capture Element Abundances in Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae. Mashburn et al. 2016. The Astrophysical Journal Letters [View Publication]

    Identification of Near-Infrared [Se III] and [Kr VI] Emission Lines in Planetary Nebulae. Sterling et al. 2017. The Astrophysical Journal [View Publication]

    Neutron-capture element abundances in the planetary nebula NGC 5315 from deep optical and near-infrared spectrophotometry. Madonna et al. 2017. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society [View Publication]