"Research has given me the opportunity to expand into fields I never would have considered, discover what I like to do, and build amazing new connections within and beyond the university.” — Daniel Christe
Daniel Christe is a Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) and Materials Science (B.S.) (5-year BS/MS program) in the College of Engineering from the graduating class of 2017. He is also a member of the SuperNova Research Fellows Program.
Daniel completed his first co-op with Dr. Antonios Kontsos in the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Group of the College and continues to work in this lab on a project titled “3D Computational Modeling of Knitted Textile Architectures. The project, a collaborative effort with Genevieve Dion (Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab) and Dr. David Breen (CCI) explores functional fabrics – an emerging class of engineering materials envisioned as device platforms for applications including wearable electronics, health, soft robotics, and defense. The project works to develop computational models of functional fabrics to help improve upon the current trial-and-error design methodology. This work has been accepted for presentation at the 3rd International Conference on 3D Material Science, The Materials, Minerals, and Mining Society's (TMS) 2016 Annual Meeting, and the 13th United States Congress on Computational Mechanics.
Daniel also completed a co-op at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, New Mexico, modeling materials at the atomic scale. Daniel says that working at LANL gave him the opportunity to meet the world’s experts on a number of scientific topics, from nuclear weapons design to space exploration, high performance computing, and synthetic biology. “I had the opportunity to meet students from all over the country, present my work in a poster session, and learn about government R&D career paths, and the national security implications of research and development”.
Daniel is equally passionate about developing new approaches to STEM education, through his work in the RISE@Drexel program, with pairs Community College of Philadelphia students with Drexel labs of their choice for intensive summers of research. In the digital space, he and Liaison Librarian for Engineering Jay Bhatt also collaborate with Elsevier to hone student's research skills on a global scale through an online game based on transdiciplinary grand challenges of science and engineering. He has authored and presented several articles on both topics at American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conferences.
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