What we do
Our group supports energy initiatives within the State of Florida through the Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) and works with K-12 students and teachers through programs Florida State University REU programs ,the Florida Center for Advanced Aero Propulsion (FCAAP), the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and the Challenger Learning Center located in downtown Tallahassee.
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WIMSE or Women in Math, Science & Engineering Program is a program at FSU that is committed to the success of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We have hosted several students from this program in physics, biology, and engineering, who have been involved in research ranging from electromechanical elastomers, photo-polymers, and various outreach programs for K-12.
Challenger Learning Center
An on-going program has been established in collaboration with the Challenger Learning Center in downtown Tallahassee, FL. This is a monthly Saturday afternoon program (11:45am every third Saturday of the month) that is geared toward kids and parents of all ages. This program includes hands on demonstrations of adaptive materials such as piezoelectric composites for energy harvesting, magnetostrictive "Sound bugs", temperature sensitive cholesteric liquid crystals, and artificial muscles. We also collaborate with fellow faculty in different engineering departments and disciplines, Drs. Anant Paravastu (biological materials), Jonathan Clark (robotics), Rajan Kumar (aerospace), and Daniel Hallinan (battery materials) to bring a broad perspective of materials science, mathematics, and engineering to the general public. Below is an example of a recent program which included a group of REU students who presented a variety of materials and activities for kids interested in engineering and science.
Our group participates in an NSF sponsored
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) each
summer. The theme of the program is focused
on multi-disciplinary adaptive systems and
structures and contains both individual research
within our group and a group project.
Individual research within our group has ranged
from viscoelastic polymer deformation experimental
characterization, continuum and quantum
scale modeling, and Bayesian statistics. The
group project is centered around research and
development of drone hardware. The group
project includes research within the broader set
of faculty within AME who have interest in
aerospace, legged robots, and functional