MEET OUR Undergraduate Research Ambassadors!

Jens Carter: Chemical Engineering
URA Cohort: 2019-2020, 2020-2021

Jens Carter is a transfer student from Wisconsin. As a Junior pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering, he currently conducts research into biomimetic materials for energy applications in the Chemistry Department under Professor Christine Morrison. In the past, Jens has done multiple interdisciplinary projects, including working in the High Energy Physics Division at Argonne National Labs on the Argonne Wakefield Particle Accelerator, working as an undergraduate research assistant on his last campus making low-cost cosmic radiation detectors, and competing in intercollegiate rocketry competitions. Jens hopes to continue his career working on a multitude of interdisciplinary research and development projects.

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Sarena Nguyen: Chemical Engineering
URA Cohort: 2019-2020, 2020-2021

Sarena is a junior studying chemical engineering with an interest in energy, particularly alternative energy. This is Sarena’s third year doing undergraduate research at Mines, and she has previously worked on three projects concerning microbial wastewater treatment. At the present moment, she is conducting research on the effect of conductive binders on Lithium-Air Batteries and trying to get repeatable discharge curves from each cell. She would like to increase the awareness of our awesome undergraduate research opportunities on campus, so more students can get involved.

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Courtney Smoljan: Chemical Engineering
URA Cohort: 2019-2020, 2020-2021

Courtney is a junior in Chemical Engineering and has been involved in undergraduate research since her sophomore year. She currently works in Dr. Moises Carreon’s group to develop cost-efficient catalysts for the conversion of lipid biomass to liquid biodiesel. She has also worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she contributed to studies investigating the durability of nuclear waste glasses, in order to assess their environmental impact. Courtney plans on pursuing her PhD in Chemical Engineering upon her graduation.

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Tony Tien: Chemical Engineering
URA Cohort: 2019-2020, 2020-2021

Tony is a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering performing research within the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. Although he was born in Melbourne, Australia, he grew up in the Denver metro area. He is currently working in Dr. Kevin Cash’s lab on a project involving layer-by-layer biofilm research. The current phase of his research project involves the integration of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a type of a bacteria that colonizes the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients, into a layer-by-layer structure that mimics biofilms that form in vivo. Future plans for the project are directed towards the implementation of the Cash Lab’s analyte-sensitive nanosensors into the biofilm structures for improved diagnosis and treatment of biofilms in clinical applications. In the future, he intends to go to grad school to continue research in fields related to biotechnology and is considering working towards a Ph.D.

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Past Ambassadors

Josh Stackhouse: Physics
URA Cohort: 2019-2020

Josh Stackhouse is a Colorado native, originally from Fort Collins. In 2020, he graduated with a BS in Physics at the Colorado School of Mines. He worked with the Nuclear Physics research group on high-accuracy X-ray measurements using superconducting detectors. In his previous research, he has worked on materials analysis using machine-learning, development and fabrication of nanowire arrays, and computer simulations on nuclear materials. Looking forward to the future, Josh is interested in conducting research in the field of plasma physics, with the goal of economically viable energy production from nuclear fusion.