news

Associate professor of chemistry, Jerry Harris, accepted to NASA Fellowship

May 24, 2013, 11:15 am
Harris Jerry 2011
Facebook1Twitter1Google+0LinkedIn0

Dr. Jerry Harris, associate professor of chemistry, was accepted as a NASA Faculty Fellowship member. Harris will work to develop more efficient solar cells to support research for the Exploration Mission Directorate. He and his intern, Nick McKibben (Nampa, Idaho), will be working at NASA Glenn in Cleveland, Ohio, for ten weeks with other scientists from NASA’s Photovoltaic and Power Technology branch.

Harris specializes in materials chemistry and the production of new compounds and is going to NASA Glenn with McKibben to work with several scientists in NASA’s Power Technology branch. Due to a grant provided by the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium, McKibben, a senior chemistry major, will assist Harris. This is not Harris’ first experience with NASA; he was with them ten years ago on other solar cell and battery projects.

The project focuses on creating a solar-cell growth design that allows for evenly distributed quantum dot structures and therefore, more efficient solar cells. But this research doesn’t only benefit NASA. “The partnership will strengthen the tie between NNU and NASA Glenn Research Center and provide a valuable research experience for me, which will ultimately impact many STEM students when I return to campus,” said Harris.

Harris and McKibben will be leaving the end of May to begin the project on June 3.


Recent Articles

Heartbreaking end to phenomenal season for Crusader volleyball team

November 24, 2014, 2:53 pm
Michele Terpstra had 37 assists The top seed and NCAA Division II West Regional host ran into…

Print Solutions December schedule

November 24, 2014, 2:21 pm
PLAN AHEAD!  Print Solutions will be closed beginning Friday, December 12 until…

Salvation Army Kettle Drive (Bell Ringing) and Food Drive

November 24, 2014, 2:15 pm
I am inviting you to participate in the annual Salvation Army Kettle…

NNU Chamber Ensembles perform Dec. 2 ; Noel Christmas Concert presents Dec. 7

November 24, 2014, 2:02 pm
The Department of Music will present an evening of chamber music Tuesday,…

Search

  • Archive

  • Subscribe