Troy Leffel graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics in 2019. In 2020, he completed a Master’s Degree in Intelligent Systems Engineering at Indiana University specializing in molecular and nanoscale engineering. Troy’s interests include sustainable energy systems, materials science, optics, and machine learning.

Troy was a part-time process engineer at the FAMES Lab, responsible for various major piece of equipment; namely, the draw tower, the spark plasma sintering hot press, the ExOne binder jetting 3D printer, and the glass lathe. He also handled modifications of existing equipment and the development of new equipment for high temperature processes. In cleanroom terms, he was a bay engineer.

Shortly after completing his Master's Degree at Indiana University, he left to work in production line automation. Troy was a key member of the lab during his time there, supporting the research of the students, ensuring the upkeep of advanced equipment, engineering electromechanical setups, and managing the lab gas cylinder provision.