Tuesday, July 10, 2012

NYU-Poly's Practicing STEM Pros

One of the things that we have to offer our Science of Smart Cities students, and students around Brooklyn in NYU-Poly's STEM education programs, is the expertise of the University's faculty and students.  I want to acknowledge our colleague Dustyn Roberts, an accomplished engineer, Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, and author of Making Things Move (a book about how to make robots).  Dustyn researches how to make robotic devices more energy efficient by mimicking natural movements.  She talked with students about her research, and how energy will be used to land the latest Rover on its way to Mars.  Dustyn designed one of its most important scientific components, and needless to say students (and instructors!) were impressed.

Later today, students will tour Civil Engineering Prof. Magued Iskander's Soil Mechanics Lab, where he researches foundation engineering, transparent soils and geotechnical instrumentation. Dr. Iskander works closely with Prof. Vikram Kapila on one of the University's signature STEM education initiatives, GK12.  This program places graduate Fellows in classrooms, paired with teachers, as engineers and scientists in residence for a few hundred hours every school year.  We're looking forward to students meeting Eduardo Suescun-Florez, a Ph.D. candidate in CE under Prof. Iskander and a GK12 Fellow.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks to Dustyn, I was able to learn about the energy source the latest Mars Rovers use; Radioisotope thermoelectric generator. An electric generator that generates electricity from radioactive decay, fascinating! Although the technology that would possibly enable it to be used as a mainstream energy source hasn't been developed yet, this topic had students talking.