Author: Nicholas Fantasia

Summer 2018 Research Opportunity in Madrid, Spain

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.

Field Trip to Block Island

On July 25th, the Young Scholars (along with other groups such as the REUs, S-POWER, and ASME) took their last field trip down to Block Island in Rhode Island to take a tour of the wind farms. Wind farming is the grouping of wind turbines in an effort to generate electricity, and Rhode Island is home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm! While listening to a guided tour on the ferry, the YSPs learned about how the wind farms are comprised of 600 ft tall turbines that distribute power to over 21,000 homes through a transmission system that links a 28.1 mile cable between the island and mainland. The students even had the chance to explore the island and do some shopping as well as head to the beaches and lighthouse! It was a great way to take a break from the lab, while still making it an enjoyable learning experience.

S-POWER Students enjoying ferry to wind farm

YSPs enjoying the view

Exploring the lighthouse area

Students enjoying their tour of the wind farm