2013 GET UP Fellows
Owen Abe’ was born in Baltimore, MD. He expects to graduate in fall 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He currently attends The University of Maryland Baltimore County where he is a member of the Meyerhoff program. This summer he has been working with Dr. O’Carroll’s optoelectronic group conducting research on conjugated thin films and gold nanorod alignment. Owen has been particularly grateful for the opportunity to participate in this year’s RISE/GET-UP REU program particularly because he is graduating in December 2013 and plans on attending graduate school the following year. Owen hopes that his experience here will give him better insights on various research paths and a firsthand look at the graduate school experience as a whole.
Travis J. Feaker is a senior Chemistry student at St. Norbert College in his hometown of De Pere, Wisconsin. He is also a member of the prestigious U.S. Dept of Education McNair Scholars graduate school preparation program funded at Ripon College (WI) through their affiliate relationship agreement at St. Norbert College. After completing his undergraduate studies, Travis plans on going to graduate school to study Chemical Engineering with a focus on sustainable energy and green chemistry. Prior to attending St. Norbert College, Travis graduated from West De Pere High School where he was starter on the State Runner-up football team as well as member of the marching band (trumpet, baritone, and tuba). He still actively participates in several music ensembles at St. Norbert when he is not in the laboratory. Travis is also a Resident Assistant and will helping first-year students with their transition into college life and starting their college career on the right foot. Travis gave a presentationof his work during the mid-summer syposium. Portions of this talk are available on youtube.
Jessica Gonzalez-Delgado is a senior Chemistry and Mathematics major from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. How both of these two areas combine to explain life's natural phenomena with a sometimes difficult to explain perfection, is the main reason how I got the curiosity, interest and passion for what I do. I want to dedicate myself as a research scientist and spread my ideas and knowledge through the world.
Taneisha Gordon is a 5th year Architecture student at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama from Macon, Georgia, but currently resides in Stockbridge, Georgia. She currently has a 3.86 GPA and is involved in many organizations on campus including,American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Golden Key International Honour Society, and Tau Sigma Delta Architecture Honor Society. After her journey at Tuskegee University ends in May 2014, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Masters in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering or Industrial Design. Both degrees will help her achieve her goals of creating a product and design she envisions and owning a business in the United States and abroad.
Brittany Johnson is doing a double major in math and physics at Hunter College. She has always been interested in green energy technology. Brittany hopes to one day make a real impact on the sustainability of the earth.
James Palmer, II - Born and raised in New Jersey, and is a junior at Rutgers University. James has been interested in scientific research ever since the 10th grade. He also enjoys the work he performs in his two majors; Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy. The main topics of interest are energy conversion, philosophy of science, and epistemology.
Carlos Paz is a chemistry/biochemistry junior at San Diego State University. He is an American Chemical Society Scholar since summer 2012. He works at the Dinsdale Metagenomics Lab at SDSU since fall 2012. In summer 2012, he participated in the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program, a post-graduate preparatory internship at SDSU. He volunteers at the local East County YMCA, primarily in their annual fund-raising campaign. Carlos Paz lives in San Diego, CA with his wife Stella and their two dogs, Stinker and Caramello.
Monica Salazar was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Ever since she was a child she was infatuated with nature and ever since high school has enjoyed the basics of science like biology and chemistry but especially environmental sciences. After graduating, I applied to the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, which accepted me. Soon after starting my freshman year, I joined various environmental student clubs and started committing to my country’s most crucial environmental crisis like use of energy and waste management. In January 2012, I participated in the Composting and Recycling Internship sponsored by Syracuse University. I am currently still working with them. As a junior, I have taken enough classes to know this is the career for me. To further develop my knowledge and skill in the scientific area, I prepare to take on any challenge.
Daniel Seara is a New Jersey native from the town of Kearny. He is currently attending New York University where he is pursuing an individualized degree in physics and philosophy and will graduate in May 2014. This summer, he had his first research experience in the mechanical engineering department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey working under Stephen Tse, Ph.D. working on few-layer graphene synthesis using pulsed laser deposition. While disappointed that he is not yet a rock star, plan B is to work as an acoustic engineer after completing the appropriate Ph.D. program in either acoustical physics or engineering. He enjoys getting lost on long car trips and exploring whatever he happens to find around him. His curiosity and wonder will undoubtedly contribute to his success in his future endeavors, both professional and personal.