The CAREER project titled, “Addressing the Critical Concerns of Confined Ionomeric Systems and Advanced Fluorescence Imaging of Ionic Distribution” is led by Dr. Shudipto Dishari. This project is National Science Foundation (NSF) funded, which aims to advance clean energy technologies by improving understanding of materials at nanoscale and developing next generation materials with improved performance and durability. The educational objectives of the project are intended to prepare the future energy workforce by educating and inspiring middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students through mentorship opportunities and seminars. Lastly, the project aims to transform public awareness and behavior regarding sustainable energy through outreach with families and adults.
MERC will track and assess the development and implementation of the program’s planned activities, and will partner up with the Nebraska Association of Teachers in Science (NATS), Nebraska EPSCoR’s Young Nebraska Scientist (YNS) program, and the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) to collect survey data from middle and high school participants in order to measure the impact on their knowledge of, and interest in renewable energy career paths via pre- and post-test surveys.