"I applied to the University Scholars program to grow professionally as a researcher and a nuclear engineer. The program allowed me to to not be part of a research experience that fully captivated my interest, but also gave me the opportunity to exercise leadership in a lab setting. I was also very attracted to the opportunity of publishing a scientific article in the undergraduate research journal."
Nuclear Engineering, Political Science
My earlier research experiences and interests included studies in medical physics, creating anthropomorphic phantoms for dosimetry readings for various medical procedures, as well neuroscience research with the University of Florida psychology department. Currently, my research focuses on harnessing the power of isotopes to create and long lasting nuclear battery.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Pagano Scholarship
- Multicultural Scholarship
- Florida Bright Futures
- Zeta Beta Tau
- Student Government's Freshman Leadership Council
- American Nuclear Society
With my fraternity I have been part of a plethora of philanthropic activities including the planning and execution of a philanthropy that raised several thousand dollars for children's miracle network. I have also volunteered tutoring middle school kids in low income areas around Micanopy.
Hobbies and Interests
- Following politics, current events, stock market, watching soccer, football and basketball.
Photon Assisted Radioisotope Energy Source (PARES) Nuclear Battery
This project seeks to apply Nuclear Engineering principles to enhance the efficiency and electrical output generated by a Photon Assisted Radioisotope Energy Source (PARES) nuclear battery. The applications of such a design to power microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices prove to be not only easier to work with, but also leads to more efficiency in generating current than other most commonly used nuclear battery designs. A PARES design uses several layers of materials to convert beta emitted electrons into photons which are then converted into electric current through photovoltaic cells. This technology, developed at the University of Florida, provides two types of PARES devices: fluorescent PARES and phosphorant PARES devices. The phosphorant PARES device houses solid fuel in comparison to the fluorescent PARES which requires the containment of gaseous krypton as its main emitter. Because of the pressurized complications caused by the gaseous fuel design, floursecent PARES will be used mostly as a comparison and theoretical reference while most of the experimental work will be focused on the phosphorant PARES battery. Each one of these devices utilizes different processes to enhance the electrical output of the device; the optimization of these processes through experimental work is the focus of this project.