Martin Research Group
From 2001 to 2003 I worked with the Martin Research Group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Working as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. David Martin, I worked on the characterization defect structures and thin film growth in the organic molecular semiconductor pentacene.
My work was centered primarily on computer simulations of defect structures within pentacene, specifically free surfaces, dislocations and grain boundaries. Simulations were performed using Cerius2 software.
I also worked on developing a means to grow thin films of pentacene on various substrates. These films were then characterized by optical microscopy, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Project
Prior to working with the Martin Group, I worked in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research Laboratory also at the University of Michigan. While there I worked on the development of acoustic thrusting in MEMS (Micro Electronic Mechanical Systems) Devices by doing large-scale modeling and characterization of thrusting membranes. I also assisted with maintenance of the S.O.L.U.S. unmanned reseach vehicle.
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