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Travis Longenbach Travis Longenbach

Travis is an undergraduate student in the Drexel University Department of Materials Science & Engineering, doing research in Dr. Yury Gogotsi's NanoMaterials Group

What are you doing in the lab?

I work with titania-based thin films, trying to increase the efficiency of organic decomposition as well as their effectiveness as anti-microbial coatings.

Why did you decide to perform research in the lab as an undergraduate?

I had heard from a friend that I could work in the lab as a freshman and I didn’t want to wait until co-op to figure out what I could do as a materials engineer.

What is the best part about working in the lab?

Being around people who are so far ahead of you. I pick up a lot just by osmosis and the grad students are always good when I have trouble with homework.

Why are you majoring in MSE?

My senior year physics teacher told me that if I wanted to get into nanotechnology, I should focus on materials engineering.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Get active in your department, join clubs, and get to know people, but don’t try to do too much or you’ll burn yourself out. College is a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun.

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Last updated Monday, May 17, 2010