August Lunch & Learn: Fuel and Field Trips

Wed, Aug 07, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
/ Location: Library, Room 1312

Join us for our ​​​​​August Lunch & Learn featuring talks by graduate students in ​Materials and ​Education! Lunch & Learn is co-sponsored by the Graduate Division, the Graduate Student Association, and the UCSB Library. ​Feed your mind and your stomach while socializing with grad students from across the campus! 

Lunch & Learn
This Edition: ​​​Fuel & Field Trips

Wednesday, ​August 7
Noon-1 p.m.
Library, Room 1312 (map)
Lunch will be provided
*To help us estimate food, please RSVP*

Simulating New Materials for the Hydrogen Economy of Tomorrow

Graduate Student in ​Materials

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the Universe, and it is an exceptional chemical fuel source, providing three times as much energy per mass as natural gas when used in a fuel cell. Solid state hydrogen fuel cells solve several of the problems inherent in current technologies, including durability, ease of storage, and safety; however, new materials are needed to make them feasible. I will discuss our computational approach to identifying and engineering candidate materials for solid state hydrogen fuel cells, in which we use high-performance computing and quantum mechanics to understand the fundamental properties of materials at the atomic scale. Our methodology allows us to guide experimental work developing the systems that will make hydrogen more broadly practical as a renewable source of energy in the future.

Engineering Explorations: How Do We Make Field Trips Last? 

Ali Muller
​PhD Student in Education

Many people get to take a field trip at some point during their K-12 experience; however, these are typically treated as an independent experience from the normal classroom curriculum. As a result, students are missing out on an extremely rich learning opportunity. My research focuses on extending field trips into classroom curriculum to allow students to develop holistic models of various scientific phenomenon encountered on field trips to an interactive science museum.

This event will be moderated by​ ​Robby Nadler, the Writing Specialist in the Graduate Division at UCSB.

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Event Contact : Daina Tagavi