When Brandon Hubbs transferred from Baton Rouge Community College in his hometown to Louisiana Tech University, his plan was to complete his bachelor’s degree and move on to another university for graduate study. His three years with Louisiana Tech’s nanosystems engineering program changed his mind. Through engaging courses and undergraduate research opportunities, Hubbs will continue his studies at the University after graduating with his BSc this fall.
Hubbs says joining the MSc program feels natural to him as he will have the opportunity to continue working with Dr. Adarsh ââRadadia, associate professor of chemical engineering, molecular science and nanotechnology, and human engineering. nanosystems at Louisiana Tech’s Center for Biomedical Engineering and Institute for Microfabrication, which helped guide its Senior Projects Conference Project and its Undergraduate Summer Research Experience (REU) project. Hubbs and Radadia will work on parts designed by 3D printer.
Hubbs discovered his love for nanosystems engineering as a student at Baton Rouge Community College. By the time he joined the Louisiana Tech program, he was ready to focus on just one major. To his delight, he discovered that the Nanosystems Engineering program is an interdisciplinary study program that gives students the chance to study a variety of subjects.
âOne of the biggest benefits of studying nanosystems at Louisiana Tech is gaining experience in many disciplines. Although my concentration is in biomedical engineering, I was able to take physics courses as well as courses in several engineering disciplines.
Hubbs also gained valuable experience collaborating as well as learning research techniques in Radadia’s lab, where he worked with graduate students and learned more about the graduate program.
âI’m lucky Brandon is joining my team,â Radadia said. “He is special because of his ability to perform both computational and experimental work, and he will be working on an exciting research collaboration between Louisiana Tech University and Loughborough University (UK).”
Along with working with Radaddia, Hubbs says the practical experience he gained during the first and second years of the College of Engineering and Science Living with the laboratory and the Senior Projects Conference helped him prepare for research at the graduate level.
âNano is a marriage of many disciplines, and the project my team and I worked on for the Senior Projects conference was a combination of mechanical and electrical engineering, within nanosystems. We worked to improve the wiring and coding of the team last year for a laser annealing 3D printer which allowed us to work in a system we didn’t create which is a skill important in nanosystems engineering jobs.
âMy Freshman Design team included a biomedical engineer and a mechanical engineer. The biomedical engineer was a cook looking for a solution to cook something over low heat for a long time. This is something that you cannot necessarily do on a regular stove. We developed a way to use a stepper motor to control the temperature with our Arduino kit and printed an opposable for the lamps, ran a wire through it, and printed the body through heat resistant kevlar filament. . Our team won the Rolex Award for Best Design.
Her advice to freshmen, especially those joining the Nanosystems Engineering program, is to figure out what you want to do for a living by exploring what you love to do and focus all of your energy on it. âFind a subject that you like, that you want to study and work on, and stick to it. This advice is valid whether you are entering first year or transferring. Know what you want to do and choose your specialty and focus carefully.