Chemical engineering student selected for NIST summer undergraduate research fellowship

Chemical engineering student Stephen Caren was selected for the National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST SURF) Gaithersburg Program in the engineering laboratory this summer.

“I am very excited about this offer. I look forward to learning more about what I will be researching over the summer,” he said.

The goal of the project is to utilize the NIST Accelerated Weathering Laboratory to build a source for weather data collection to predict changes. The project will focus on critical polymer chemistries for infrastructure, construction and transportation applications. The data from exposure experiments and property measurements will be integrated into a database from which statistical prediction models can be developed.

“This is a very competitive internship program, and he should be very proud of his accomplishment,” said Simon Ng, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering.