The Center’s overarching educational objective is to train a highly skilled, diverse STEM workforce from the undergraduate to doctoral levels specialized in electrochemical energy storage, an area of strategic importance for NASA and the Nation. To do so, the Center established a multi-faceted student internship program wherein students traditionally underrepresented in STEM disciplines perform internships that integrate education and laboratory research. During their internships students gain technical expertise in electrochemical engineering, materials science, physical chemistry, and engineering design. These internships were designed with the understanding that in-depth research experience not only keeps students engaged during their academic career but propels them to promising careers in STEM fields.
Each of the Center’s Ph.D. students participate in a 6-month internship at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, within the Electrochemical Technologies Group. At JPL, students study how battery prototypes, materials, and electrochemical processes are affected by extreme temperatures and strong radiation exposure. Students participate in research meetings to better understand real-world design of electrochemical power systems for robotic spacecraft, as well as develop professional skills through presentations and reports to NASA managers. Students also attend JPL-wide seminars.
Each summer, two undergraduate CCNY chemical engineering students perform a 10-week internship at NASA JPL through their Summer Internship Program. The program includes JPL lab tours, lectures by NASA scientists and engineers, and career advisement organized by JPL’s Education Office. During their internship, students receive full stipends and housing at Caltech’s dormitories.
Undergraduate Exchange Program
Each year, one Northeastern University undergraduate chemical engineering student performs a 6-month co-op at CCNY, where they are mentored by a faculty and graduate student related to one of the five research thrusts. The student participates in weekly research group meetings of their primary advisor and, to further expand their knowledge, attends CCNY’s weekly chemical engineering graduate seminar series. In exchange, one CCNY chemical engineering undergraduate performs a 10-week summer internship in the laboratory of Prof. Joshua Gallaway, focused on novel battery chemistries. The student also attends Gallaway’s weekly research group meetings.
Undergraduate Summer Research
Experience at CCNY
Each summer, four undergraduate students—two from regional colleges and two from our partner CUNY institutions, Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College and Queensborough Community College—will join the team at CCNY for an in-depth 10-week undergraduate research experience. The students will work closely with a Ph.D. student mentor and faculty lead within the different research thrusts, developing the science and technology aimed at realizing new batteries for space exploration
Key Educational Collaborators
The City College of New York
Grove School of Engineering
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