Materials Science & Engineering Camp (Women-Focused)

Girls Learning About Materials (GLAM)

For rising 10th-12th graders
July 7 – 13, 2019

Everything is made of materials. From buildings to batteries, clothing to cars, we depend on materials for many things in our everyday life. Materials science and engineering (MatSE) is all about understanding the structure and properties of materials ranging from the atomic scale to the macro-scale.  Then we learn how to process them to get desired performance in new and existing technologies.  Advancements in our understanding of materials will enable next generation technologies for power generation and storage, transportation, sustainable packaging of foods and consumer goods, biomedical applications, and many, many others!

Materials science and engineering is a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary field.  If you like math, physics, chemistry and engineering but can’t choose between them—MatSE is the perfect place for you explore all of these fields under one umbrella.  Campers will explore this diversity through hands-on activities including guided lab activities aimed at introducing key concepts in MatSE and the opportunity to design a prototype based on materials properties that your team discovers.  Camp topics might include:

• The Materials Science of Chocolate and Superheros,
• Advanced manufacturing methods ranging from composite fabrication to casting to 3D printing of structural and functional materials,
• Biomaterials including prosthetics, bone scaffolding and cell mechanics,
• Crystallography via state-of-the-art characterization tools and modeling methods, and
• Materials for sustainable energy solutions including material life cycles, batteries and photovoltaics

Camp Coordinator: Professor Jessica Krogstad received her PhD in Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. Her research focuses on material performance in extreme environments (like gas turbine engines and nuclear reactors). Professor Krogstad joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Fall of 2014 as an Assistant Professor, but she’s no stranger, having received her BS from the department in 2007. Fun fact: she worked as a Counselor when she was an undergraduate at the University of Illinois!

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