Researchers at UC Merced are making a big deal out of a piece of equipment that lets them look at really tiny things. And they should — the new Zeiss Gemini SEM 500 scanning electron microscope is first of its kind installed in the United States.
A recent field trip to NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field gave about 35 Merced high school students and their teachers an inside look at some of the leading-edge technology the agency uses, including its hypersonic wind tunnel and the large centrifuge . The tube-shaped funnel that allows engineers to move air over a vehicle as if it were flying. It helps researchers to learn more about how an aircraft will fly. The unique centrifuge, 20-G, capable of producing forces up to 20 times that of terrestrial gravity used for the research during the era of the biosatellite missions such as perceptual and behavioral adaptations to altered gravity. The students met with NASA researchers who spoke with them about all the different ways STEM studies can be applied to their interests. “A lot of younger students don’t think of higher education, and if they do, they limit their ideas about what to do at a university to careers like doctor, lawyer or engineer,” said Petia Gueorguieva, coordinator of the campus’s STEM Resource Center and MACES undergraduate and outreach coordinator. “But the NASA researchers opened their minds to using, for example, an engineering background in biomedical fields, transportation, agriculture, communications, energy and many other areas. The trip organization was, MACES, lead by Mariana Hernandez, Jennifer Lu, NASA coordinator, Michael Oye. Gueorguieva helped organize and participated in the field trip, and said this was just the first of many.
The NASA-supported Merced nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing (MACES) just took possession of a state-of-the-art Zeiss GeminiSEM 500, the first of its kind in operation in an academic institution in the United States! The SEM will be part of the core facilities of the UC Merced Imaging and Microscopy Facility (IMF), significantly augmenting the materials characterization capabilities of the campus. The new field emission scanning electron microscope allows high resolution imaging at low voltages, i.e., down to 0.8 nm at 1 kV. Along with enabling broad materials related research and education at UC Merced, this instrument will enable faculty and students in the MACES (Merced nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing) program to study as-synthesized nanomaterials, 3D porous morphology, self-assembled hybrid nanostructures, biosensor surfaces, and the connectivity and tortuosity of porous media.
MACES faculty members accompanied by MACES graduate student fellows visited Merced College on Thursday, March 10, 2016. This event was coordinated by the UCM STEM coordinator Dr. Petia Gueorguieva. Their goal is to publicize the mission of MACES. In particular, they hope to highlight the summer MACES internship program that will begin this year at UC Merced. They were hosted by Svetla Gargova, Professor of Mathematics and Engineering at Merced College.
More than 70 people learned about the research and education opportunities offered by UC Merced’s new Merced nAnomaterials Center of Energy and Sensing (MACES) during an open house Dec. 4. MACES, established earlier this year with a $5 million grant from NASA, is intended to benefit current and future students and contribute to NASA’s missions. The open house drew a diverse mix of participants, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members from colleges throughout the state, and high school teachers from Fresno, Clovis and Merced.
Dr. Thomas I Valdez delivered a talk to over 80 students and faculty members at UC Merced on Monday, November 30th. Advances in fuel cell technology by both NASA and the automotive industry have broaden the use of this technology for a wide spectrum of robotic and mobility applications. The regenerative fuel cells that are being explored to power planetary orbiters and rovers will make it possible to conduct long-duration space operations. Dr. Thomas I Valdez is currently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Thomas I Valdez is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at the JPL in Pasadena, CA. His career began in the summer of 1991 as a major contributor to the study of fundamentals of methanol fuel cells. Dr. Valdez has received various NASA New Technology Awards, patented his work on fuel cells, electrochemical sensors and energy harvesting systems. For more information about Dr. Valdez’s work or UC Merced MACES program, contact Jennifer Lu, PH. D. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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