2018 U.S. Fellows

Click on the student names below to learn more about the 2018 Nakatani RIES U.S. Fellows including excerpts from their weekly reports!​​

 

Kaitlin Gili

Home Institution: Stevens Institute of Technology
Status: Sophomore, Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Field of Study: Physics with a Minor in Computer Science
Host Lab in Japan: Keio University – Dept. of Applied Physics & Physico-Informatics, Itoh Laboratory
Host Professor: Prof. Kohei Itoh
Research Project: Comparing Classical and Quantum Finite Automata

 

Joseph (Josh) Laurienzo

Home Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Status: Freshman, Expected Graduation Date: May 2021
Field of Study: Physics and Math with a Minor in Japanese
Host Lab in Japan: The University of Tokyo – Dept. of Applied Physics and Quantum-Phase Electronics Center, Iwasa Laboratory
Host Professor:  Prof. Yoshihiro Iwasa
Research Project: A Study of Novel Van der Waals Heterostructures

 

Kenneth Lin

Home Institution: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Status: Sophomore, Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy with a Minor in Mathematics
Host Lab in Japan: Kyoto University – Solid State Spectroscopy Group, Tanaka Laboratory
Host Professor:  Prof. Koichiro Tanaka and Prof. Takashi Arikawa
Research Project: Ultrafast Carrier Dynamics of Exfoliated Transition Metal Dichalcogenides with Optical-Pump Terahertz-Probe Microscopy

 

Gavin McGuire

Home Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Status: Sophomore, Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Field of Study: Materials Science and Engineering with a Concentration in Structural/Functional Materials Concentration and a Minor in Japanese Language and Culture
Host Lab in Japan: Kyoto University – Dept. of Energy & Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Kageyama Laboratory
Host Professor:  Prof. Hiroshi Kageyama
Research Project: The Effects of Structural Phase Transition on Photocatalytic Activity

Ellen Park

Home Institution: Cornell University
Status: Sophomore, Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Field of Study: Chemical Engineering
Host Lab in Japan: Nagoya University – Dept. of Chemistry, Shinohara Laboratory
Host Professor:  Prof. Hisanori Shinohara and Prof. Yusuke Nakanishi
Research Project: Encapsulating WS2 Nanoribbons in Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes

Janmesh Patel

Home Institution: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Status: Sophomore, Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Field of Study: Biomedical Engineering with a Minor in Technical Japanese
Host Lab in Japan: Kyoto University – Institute for Integrated Cell-Materials Sciences (iCeMS), Kamei Laboratory
Host Professor:  Prof. Kenichiro Kamei
Research Project: Optimizing the Differentiation of hiPSC Derived Hepatocyte-Like Cells via Mechanical Stimulation

Sahil Patel

Home Institution: Rice University
Status: Sophomore, Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Field of Study: Material Science and Nanoengineering with a Minor in Biochemistry
Host Lab in Japan: Kyoto University – Institute of Advanced Energy, Matsuda Laboratory
Host Professor:  Prof. Kazunari Matsuda and Prof. Yuhei Miyauchi
Research Project: Understanding Carrier Density and Electric Field Effects on Valley Dynamics in 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenides

Benjamin Piazza

Home Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Status: Sophomore, Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Field of Study: Physics with a Minor in Japanese
Host Lab in Japan: Chiba University – Division of Nanomaterial Science, Aoki Laboratory
Host Professor:  Prof. Nobuyuki Aoki
Research Project: CVD Graphene Nanoribbons by Silver Nanowire Shadowmasking

Hana Warner

Home Institution: College of William and Mary
Status: Sophomore, Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Field of Study: Physics and Mathematics (applied)
Host Lab in Japan: Osaka University – Inst. of Scientific & Industrial Research, Advanced Electronic Devices, Sekitani Laboratory
Host Professor:  Prof. Tsuyoshi Sekitani
Research Project: Fabrication of Wearable Heart Monitor Using Organic Amplifier Circuit

 

Samuel Warren

Home Institution: Yale University
Status: Sophomore, Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Field of Study: Majoring in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics
Host Lab in Japan: Kyushu University – Measurement and Instrument Lab, Kiss Laboratory
Host Professor:  Prof. Takanobu Kiss
Research Project: Scanning Hall Probe Microscopy Analysis of Critical Current Density in Superconducting Materials

Lincoln Weber

Home Institution: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Status: Sophomore, Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Field of Study: Physics and Mechanical Engineering with Minors in Mathematics and Spanish
Host Lab in Japan: Osaka University – Inst. of Laser Engineering, THz Photonics, Tonouchi Laboratory
Host Professor:  Prof. Masayoshi Tonouchi and Prof. Iwao Kawayama
Research Project: Terahertz Emission from Aligned Carbon Nanotubes

Grace Wickerson

Home Institution: Rice University
Status: Sophomore, Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Field of Study: Materials Science and Nanoengineering with Minors in Environmental Studies and Global Health Technologies
Host Lab in Japan: The University of Tokyo – Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Maruyama-Chiashi Laboratory
Host Professor:  Prof. Shigeo Maruyama
Research Project: Synthesis and Characterization of Horizontally-Aligned Nanotube Heterostructures

 

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