About Me

I'm a second-year Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland. Pushing the engineering field forward through waste-recovery initiatives and recycled materials has become my motivation as a scientist, and is the fundamental reason I am pursuing a Ph.D.

Civil Engineer

I'm a certified Civil Engineer-in-Training with a B.S. from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Italian American

I'm a first-generation Italian American that spent Summer 2018 studying abroad in Rome.

Book Worm

I love reading (especially from Reese Witherspoon's book club) and solving the NYT mini crossword.

Research Projects

I work at the intersection of civil engineering, sustainable construction, materials science, ionizing radiation, polymer chemistry, and waste management. Check out my some of my latest research projects!

Lithium Ion Extraction


Researching the recycling of coal ash through the extraction of lithium ions via polyelectrolyte membranes

HVAC Ductoad Snaptics


Researching the performance of plastic snap-in-place flexible HVAC duct connectors through UL and ASTM standard tests

Polypropylene for 3D Printing

May 2020

Researched the recovery of waste polypropylene from single-use face masks for the synthesis of a sustainable extrudable paste in additive manufacturing

Cutting Out Cobalt

Dec. 2020

Researched the removal of cobalt cathode materials in modern rechargeable lithium ion batteries


Check out what some of my former bosses, collaborators, and co-workers had to say!
Matt Heiser

Matt Heiser

Associate Director of Housing & Res Life

"Amanda is an incredibly driven, thoughtful, responsible, and caring leader. I am most impressed by her dedication to her team - she consistently offers support and mentorship to teammates."

Linda Werman

Linda Werman

Director of University Events

"Amanda is thoughtful, collaborative and passionate. She clearly articulates her points and demonstrates maturity. She would be an asset to any organization that needs a hard-working, bright, motivated leader to join their team."

Nasjela Thodhoraqi

Nasjela Thodhoraqi

Project Consultant

"I had the pleasure of working with Amanda during her time as a technical intern at Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger. Amanda was driven and ambitious, and ready to dive into different projects to help when needed."

Get in Touch

Interested in discussing a project, chatting about a book, or asking a general question?

On Campus

University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20740

Via Email

Amanda P. Siciliano

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