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Undergraduate Student

Marek Abarca

Bio:

Year joined the laboratory: 2015, 4th year (Senior)

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Why you joined : I joined because I wanted to be part of something innovative and develop and contribute my skills.

Future : I plan on graduating with my degree in mechanical engineering and either getting a job/internship at Tesla Motors or continue my education for my Masters.

Lawrence Anderson

Bio:

Year joined the laboratory: Summer 2016

Major : Material Science & Engineering

Hometown : Naperville, Illinois

Why you joined : After taking a course with Professor Chuang, I realized that he is the type of person that takes an interest in his students and genuinely wants to see them succeed, and I knew that he was somebody that I wanted to learn from. I didn't know much about fuel cells before joining this lab, but I was immediately intrigued by the concept and potential applications of these efficient, zero-emission devices, and I want to have an impact on their development.

Future : Upon finishing my undergraduate degree here at UC Merced, I hope to obtain a masters degree related to nanoscience or energy storage. I hope to make a positive impact on the people and technology with which I work. I want to develop and patent a new super material that makes me enough money to buy a personal space shuttle.

Jacob Clark

Bio:

Year joined the laboratory: 2015, 3rd year (Junior)

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Hometown : Sacramento, CA

Why I joined : I joined TEEL lab because I was fascinated with the thermodynamics course material and with energy storage and production. I hope that in the process of working in this lab, I will further improve my understanding of hydrogen fuel cells and be able to apply these skills in the future.

Future Goals : I wish to work in the automotive industry. Automotive subjects have been a lifetime fascination for me.

Nihal Shah

Bio:

Year joined the laboratory: 2016, 3rd year

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Hometown : Dublin, CA

Why you joined : I joined TEEL because I am interested in renewable energy and energy storage, as well as to learn about current research and how labs work in general. In addition, I was excited to have the opportunity to apply some of the theory that I've learned in my coursework.

Future : I plan to either get a job after I graduate or to get a master's degree. I'm currently leaning towards the latter though I'm not sure.

Zachary Zisser

Bio:

Year joined the laboratory: 2016, 4th year (Senior)

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Hometown : San Diego, CA

Future : My goals in life are to strive to learn as much as I can, so that I may help the world develop and grow.

Eliezar Vigdorchik

Bio:

Year joined the laboratory: 2017, 3rd year (Junior)

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Hometown : Redwood City, CA

Why you joined: I joined TEEL because I enjoy working with mechatronics systems and it afforded me the opportunity of working in a group environment and with support on improving efficient integration of alternate energy systems.

Future : I hope to get more involved with medical devices and medical equipment implementing mechatronics based solutions for medical problems and abnormalities.

 

Hai Yanfeng

Bio:

Year joined the laboratory: 2016, 2nd year (Sophomore)

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Hometown : Zhengzhou, China

Why you joined: My interest in research related to clean energy, renewable energy, and energy storage made me join TEEL. Joining the lab has offered me real life applications from the courses I have taken. Along with that, I believe this lab is preparing me for graduate school.

Future : After I finished my undergraduate program at UC Merced, I am planning to apply for graduate programs and keep doing researches on renewable energy.

Jeffrey Ali

Bio:

Year joined the laboratory: 2016, 3rd year (Junior)

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Hometown : Vallejo, CA

Why you joined: I Joined TEEL after taking thermodynamics with Professor Chuang. I enjoyed the concepts discussed during the course, especially dealing with energy, and wanted to learn more about the field.

Future : After graduation I would like to work in the energy industry on renewable forms of energy.