By Danielle Griffin
After many weeks of prep work, our team is finally taking off as we begin our professor interviews. At the end of last week, we sent a Google form to the professors so that they could pick their top three times for an interview, an interview location, and specify whether or not they would allow being photographed. Already, we have seventeen interviews scheduled for the upcoming three weeks, and we expect more responses rolling in.
Our first interview will be this Monday with Adrienne Lavine, a professor within the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department who is interested in solar thermal energy storage and harvesting as well as thermal control of nanoscale manufacturing. The two other engineers we are interviewing this week are Gaurav Sant, who is looking into the development and design of sustainable low-CO2 footprint materials for construction applications, and Laurent Pilon, who is researching sustainable energy through means such as photobiological fuel production and waste heat energy harvesting.
But this week won’t just be about the engineers. Allison Carruth, an assistant professor in the English department, conducts research on the cultural histories of food, biotechnology, and urban environmentalism with a focus on American literature and visual culture since the Second World War. Hilary Godwin, a professor in the Environmental Health Sciences department, studies the basic chemical and biological mechanisms by which toxic metal ions affect neurological signaling and development. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, of the Urban Planning department; researches the public environment of the city, its physical representation, aesthetics, social meaning, and impact on the urban resident.
We're eager to meet these professors and learn how their research can be applied to UCLA and LA’s goals!
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