Michelle Poliskie


Dr. Michelle Poliskie is a Principal Engineer for Avionics Materials at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California. She has held a number of management and technical positions, over the last 15 years, for both device and material manufacturers. During her career, she has specialized in the failure analysis, design, development, scale-up and reliability testing of polymeric materials used in electronic applications. Dr. Poliskie is a former lecturer at Johns Hopkins University where she taught polymer synthesis, commercial formulations and characterization techniques. Dr. Poliskie holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Chemistry (with honors), both from Grinnell College. Her PhD is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Polymer Science. She was the recipient of a National Research Council fellowship, and authored two books: one on polymeric packaging, ISBN (1439850720): “Solar Module Packaging: Polymeric Requirements and Selection” CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2011 and another of solar module manufacturing, ISBN (0071795421): “Solar Manufacturing: Environmental Design Concepts for Solar Modules” McGraw-Hill, New York, 2013.