Alexandra Sailsman

Alexandra Sailsman

Hometown – Pembroke Pines, FL
Undergrad – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS, Materials Science and Engineering
Current Occupation – Ceramic Process Engineer at Coherent
Title – Ceramic Process Engineer

Greatest Impact

My company is one of a handful of global suppliers of reaction-bonded silicon carbide, a thermally stable and critical component for semiconductor lithography. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the unprecedented demand for computing and digital communication led to an international chip shortage. Over a two-year period, I established several manufacturing lines tied to the semiconductor supply chain, increasing their throughput and solving technical problems to improve their yield. It was a formative experience to see these projects through, from raw sandpaper grit to precision ceramics used in equipment capable of printing chip features at the nanometer scale. I find it empowering to know that incredible things can come from humble beginnings. Outside of my technical work, I have had the opportunity to share my love of the sciences with my community. I have spoken as a panelist and sole presenter on “The Role of Science in Racial Equity” and the history of science and religion.


Alexandra Sailsman is a materials scientist and process engineer. She has worked in industries ranging from nanotech to food science and, oddly enough, has taken part in both rocket science and brain surgery. She has over a decade of experience working with composite materials for aerospace, defense, and semiconductor applications. In 2016, she bought a fixer-upper house, much of which she gutted and rebuilt herself. This fall she will begin her doctorate in Engineering at Villanova University.

Alexandra spends her free time thinking about sustainable housing, what makes interiors welcoming and inclusive, science fiction, and how to make the best mac and cheese. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, cat, and two daughters whom she is raising to be Good Trouble.

To learn more about Alexandra, connect with her on LinkedIn