International student takes advantage of opportunities at Penn State
Danhao:I grew up in Shanghai, China, which
is a big city in a ward. And I finished my high school junior year in Shanghai and I
started my high school senior in a small town called Atchison in Kansas. I found that the
education here there is much more freedom. In terms of if I wanted to learn something,
if I want do something, there is available space and resources for me to start with.
That’s why when I just type in ok– engineering college or top engineering schools in U.S.,
and I found Penn State. Dr. Adu:I got to know Danhao Ma at Penn State
Altoona in 2010 when he took a course I taught– that is Physics 211– Introductory Mechanics.
After finishing the course in the fall of 2010, I normally told the students anyone
who is interested in doing research can get in touch with me. And since spring of 2011,
he has been working with me. Danhao:He introduced me to Dr. Ram Rajagopalan
and Professor Clive Randall and I got a chance to work in their labs. And here I worked on
the design and the fabrication and the variations of the super-capacitors which are a type of
energy storage devices– similar to batteries. By making these super capacitors flexible
we can apply it into different devices. For example, in the future we can have flexible
cell phones. So super capacitors as energy storage devices can be directly attached to
flexible touch screens.