2020 CEC Divisional Speaker: Lyndsey McMillon-Brown

Lyndsey McMillon-Brown

Dr. Lyndsey McMillon-Brown is a researcher at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Lyndsey earned her B.S in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Miami University (2013), she then completed her M.S and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering at Yale University (2019).

Her dissertation work focused on developing novel materials and patterns for advanced light trapping in solar cells. Dr. McMillon-Brown has been with NASA since 2011, where she has worked on a variety of space solar cell-related programs including thin film and organic cell development and durability studies.

She is a 2015 recipient of the Miami Alumni Association’s 18 of the last 9 award recognizing outstanding young alumni. Lyndsey is currently the Principle Investigator on a $2M research effort to develop a method to print perovskite solar cells in space.


Outside of the lab, Lyndsey is dedicated to increasing opportunities for underrepresented individuals in STEM fields. As an alumna she serves on the Miami University’s Women’s Advisory Committee to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing, she is a NASA NextGen Ambassador, and the co-founder of various diversity and inclusion efforts at both Yale and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) professional society.

Lyndsey enjoys CrossFit, caring for her many plants, and reading. Lyndsey recently finished reading “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain and was enlightened by the often undetected value of introverts in spaces dominated by extroverts.