11 Summer Scholars have been selected

MIT Materials Research Laboratory announces 11 recipients of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internships.

Maria E. Aglietti | Materials Research Laboratory
June 29, 2021

The MIT Materials Research Laboratory [MRL] has selected 11 top-ranking undergraduates to conduct graduate-level research. They were chosen from among 173 applicants. This years program will be held remotely from June 9 to Aug. 13, 2021. The interns have selected their own projects from MIT faculty presentations given during the first few days of the program. 

This year’s Summer Scholars, their home institutions and the projects they will be working on are:

Summer Intern Home Institution Faculty/Advisor Project
Grace Anderson

Florida Gulf Coast University

Markus Buehler Predicting mechanical stress and deformation in irregular architected materials using graph neural networks
Tao Cai University of Michigan Karl Berggren, Tony Zhou Magnetic field activated superconducting electronics
Nicholas Casetti

Purdue University

Rodrigo Freitas Atomistic simulations of materials properties: high-entropy alloys
Joshua Chen

University of Pennsylvania

Juejun Hu On-chip spectrometers for space applications 
Jonathan Lee

University of Michigan

Fikile Brushett Engineering membranes for next-generation redox flow batteries
Karina Martinez-Reyes

Interamerican University of Puerto Rico – Bayamon

Anu Agarwal VR simulation for new technology: optoelectronic tool training via an edX course
Matthew Moy

University of California, Berkeley

James LeBeau Directly quantifying the migration of ions through battery materials
Baylie Phillips

Montana Technological University

Zachary Cordero Additive manufacturing of net-shaped single crystal turbine blades 
Mariela Rodriguez-Otero

University of Puerto Rico

Ariel Furst Self-assembling nanomaterials for protection of biotherapeutics
Saeed Saifaee

Pennsylvania State University

Brian Wardle Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) Feature Segmentation of Nanoengineered Hierarchical Aerospace Structural Composites
 Madalyn Scherwinski

University of Mary

 Michael Short Picosecond, ultrasonic, thermo-elastic inference of hydride moderator material properties for micro-nuclear reactors


Summer Scholars are supported in part by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, which is administered by the MIT Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

The program, started in 1983, has brought hundreds of the best science and engineering undergraduates in the country to MIT for graduate-level materials research.back to newsletter