UNL-NCAT Joint Workshop in Materials Science and Engineering
Rebecca Lai, Jocelyn Bosley, Eva Schubert, and Dhananjay Kumar
In Fall 2017, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) offered its second joint workshop in materials science and engineering at North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT), an HBCU and partner institution in the Nebraska MRSEC Bridge Program. Seminars introduced 33 undergraduate students and 10 graduate students to fundamental concepts and techniques in materials science, connecting these with current research at NCAT and UNL. Faculty from both institutions offered seminars on photovoltaic materials, advances in thin-film research; soft materials, and characterization methods. The workshop included a poster session for NCAT students, and hands-on tours of NCAT facilities for pulsed laser deposition, sputtering, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force tomography. Workshop participants cited exposure to cutting-edge research, learning about novel applications, and the opportunity to move beyond the curriculum as highlights of the experience.
These programs are supported by the National Science Foundation, Division of Materials Research, Materials Research Science and Engineering Program, Grant DMR-1420645.
Dr. Stephen Morin of Nebraska MRSEC presents a seminar on the chemistry and mechanics of soft materials to NCAT workshop participants.
Highlight InfoDate: April 2018