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MSE Industry Day

2020 Industry Day

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first-ever virtual Industry Day! 


Leslie Momoda


A Career in Research and Development
Leslie Momoda, Vice President, HRL Laboratories, LLC.


Dr. Momoda is currently the Vice President for Strategy at HRL Laboratories, LLC in Malibu, CA. She leads the strategic planning, customer and LLC member interfaces for the laboratory. Prior to this assignment, she was the director for Sensors and Materials Laboratory where she lead the research and development of advanced structural, battery, architected and nano-materials and characterization as well as cutting edge microelectromechanical (MEMS) and infrared detectors.

Dr. Momoda joined HRL Laboratories, LLC in 1990, working on the research and development of mixed metal oxide materials for electronic, optical and chemical sensor applications. She has 18 years of experience in the field of materials synthesis, processing, and characterization for electronic and structural Applications.


About Industry Day

woman standing at the front of a classroom with a microphone next to a screen

A presentation at the 2019 Industry Day. For 2020, the event will be held virtually.

At Industry Day, our graduate students showcase their research through presentations and poster sessions. Professionals and members of academia are invited to learn, network, and meet prospective interns and job seekers.

Presentations and posters at the symposium cover clean energy generation and storage, biomaterials, semiconductors, composites and more. Attendees can find ideas of interest to their organizations while helping to improve the quality of our graduate education. 




1:00-1:15 p.m.
Welcome by MSE Chair Christine Luscombe, introduction by emcee Peter Pauzauskie
1:15-1:45 p.m.
Keynote: A Career in Research and Development
Leslie Momoda, Vice President, HRL Laboratories, LLC.
1:45-2:00 p.m.
Guanyou Lin (Adviser: Zhang), Applications of nanotechnology in tumor monitoring and tumor therapy
2:00-2:15 p.m.
Tiancheng Song (Adviser: Xu), Giant tunneling magnetoresistance in spin-filter van der Waals heterostructures
2:15-2:30 p.m.
Networking session
2:30-2:45 p.m.
2:45-3:00 p.m.
Breena Sperry (Adviser: Luscombe), Formation of nanostructured graphene oxide during air-free inorganic nanocrystal synthesis
3:00-3:15 p.m.
Greg Felsted (Adviser: Pauzauskie), Solid-state laser refrigeration of nanodiamond quantum sensors 
3:15-3:30 p.m.
Alex Montelione (Adviser: Arola), Titanium powder characterization and evolution in powder bed additive manufacturing
3:30-3:45 p.m.
Jeremy Fredricks (Adviser: Roumeli), Sustainable biopolymer nanocomposite materials from plant cells 
3:45-4:00 p.m.
Networking and break
4:00-4:55 p.m.
MSE student lightning talks (poster session)

Break out room 1:

4:00-4:10 p.m. Steve Chung (Adviser: Zhang), Nanotechnology for cancer diagnosis and treatment
4:10-4:20 p.m. John Hamann (Adviser: Sarikaya), Peptide-guided biomining for critical materials from the oceans
4:20-4:30 p.m. Yunping Huang (Adviser: Luscombe), Low-cost and environmentally sustainable organic phosphors for high-performance LEDs
4:30-4:40 p.m. Xiaoxiao Jia (Adviser: Cao), Structural engineering of layered vanadate cathodes for high-performance aqueous zinc ion batteries
4:40-4:50 p.m. Andrew Jimenez (Adviser: Roumeli), Architected polymer nanocomposite materials: Nanoconfinement-induced mechanical reinforcement in composites with ultra-low amounts of fillers

Break out room 2:

4:00-4:10 p.m. Xuetao Ma (Advisers: Yankowitz and Chu), Tuning the electronic properties of 2D van der Waals materials with strain
4:10-4:20 p.m. Mallory Parker (Adviser: Arola), 3d printing of a continuous carbon fiber reinforced PPS: an evaluation of printability and quality
4:20-4:30 p.m. Parker Steichen (Adviser: Yang), A fundamental study of electrode/electrolyte interface using electrochemical AFM/STM
4:30-4:40 p.m. Zhi Peng (Adviser: Liu), Micro batteries with high energy density

4:55-5:00 p.m.
Program commences back in main room