Agonafer to hold nanotechnology workshop for area high school students

Damena Agonafer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering & materials science, has received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to host a workshop for St. Louis-area high school students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields.

Damena Agonafer

The integrated research and outreach workshop, planned to be held in summer 2018, is designed to bridge the gap between engineering research and high school science curriculum. Agonafer would invite about 50 students from the university’s College Prep Program, which prepares high-achieving students with limited financial resources for college and is led by Leah Merrifield, assistant vice chancellor for community engagement and St. Louis college readiness initiatives.

Agonafer plans to introduce the concepts of interfacial phenomena and multi-phase heat transfer to the students, with the goal of inspiring them to pursue education in the STEM fields as well as to convey the importance of surface engineering in solving future problems in engineering.