Juan Mesa (S-POWER)
Summer of 2018 was anything but normal. Thanks to Professor Laura Henderson Lewis, I was granted the opportunity to research and develop ferromagnetic micro-wires and glass coated micro-wires at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid. Micro-wires have proven promising for advanced applications in sensors and other methods of data transportation, and if successful, they could significantly increase the quality of electronic appliances used today.
During our free time, my research colleague Alex Jimenez and I were able to learn much about Spanish culture. We toured the beautiful city of Madrid, visited the Roman aqueduct and ate cochinillo in neighboring city Segovia, we explored the medieval city of Toledo, and celebrated el Festival de San Juan in the Mediterranean city of Malaga. All in all, it was a wonderful trip full of exciting research, beautiful scenery, amazing food, and incredibly smart and inspiring people. My time with the S-POWER program has been filled with opportunity and innovation so my hope is that the new group of S-POWER scholars pursue all kinds of research and growth opportunities during their time at Northeastern. I challenge them all to work hard and smart and to enjoy everything that helps advance their personal and professional growth.