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Aug 28
University seeks student research abstracts
University seeks student research abstracts


Student researchers at UAH are being encouraged to submit abstracts of 250 words maximum outlining a design and research project relevant to the aerospace industry for consideration for the 7th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium coming to UAH Oct. 27-29.

Abstracts should be submitted online at http://www.vbsposters.org by Friday, Sept. 12. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Tuesday, Sept. 16 and an electronic poster template will be provided. Final posters are due by Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Abstracts on atmospheric science, earth observation, space life sciences, space health, aerospace systems engineering and design, astrophysics, space weather, optics, economics, business, policy, sustainability, history, international relations, education, science, STEM outreach initiatives or related areas are requested.

Aug 26
UAH’s first Tech Trek an unqualified success
UAH’s first Tech Trek an unqualified success


This July, UAH hosted its first-ever Tech Trek, a weeklong residential camp to promote interest in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields among rising eighth-grade girls. And by every measure, says Camp Director Dr. Rhonda Gaede, it proved to be an unqualified success.

"On Sunday, the girls were names on forms to me; by Friday, they were friends that I hated to see go," says Dr. Gaede, who also serves as an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UAH. "On more than one occasion, parents used the words 'life changing' and 'once in a lifetime' about the camp."

That's because Tech Trek offered students the freedom to be creative - a freedom missing from most middle school curriculums. "The girls said that, at school, it was about getting the right answers. But at Tech Trek, it was about exploring possibilities and understanding that failure is part of the process," she says. "The process is so much more important than any answer, because the questions are going to change during the course of a forty-year career."



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    Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering



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Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 


George Nelson received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003, 2006, and 2009.  While pursuing his Ph.D., his research involved modeling and analysis of fuel cells and electrolyzers, with an emphasis on mass transport in porous fuel cell electrodes.  After completing his Ph.D., he served as an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Connecticut from 2009-2012.  His projects at the University of Connecticut focused on the investigation of mass and charge transport in electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices, primarily fuel cells and batteries.  During this time he also contributed to the development of three-dimensional imaging methods for energy materials based on x-ray nanotomography.  Dr. Nelson started as an Assistant Professor at UAHuntsville in August 2012.  His general research interests include transport phenomena, energy storage and conversion devices, sustainable energy systems, and multi-scale modeling and analysis.

Research Expertise

  • Transport Phenomena: Heat, Mass, and Charge Transfer
  • Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Devices
  • Energy Systems Modeling and Analysis
  • Porous and Heterogeneous Media 

Honors & Awards

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory Higher Education Research Experiences, 2005
  • Georgia HOPE Scholar, 1997-2003
  • Pratt & Whitney Employee Service Award, 2000 

Recent Publications

G. J. Nelson, K. N. Grew, J. R. Izzo, Jr., J. J. Lombardo, W. M. Harris, A. Faes, A. Hessler-Wyser, J. Van herle, S. Wang, Y. S. Chu, A. V. Virkar and W. K. S. Chiu, “Three-Dimensional Microstructural Changes in the Ni-YSZ Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anode During Operation,” Acta Materialia, 2012, 60(8): p. 3491-3500.

G. J. Nelson, B. N. Cassenti, A. A. Peracchio and W. K. S. Chiu, “Microstructural Effects on Electronic Charge Transfer in Li-Ion Battery Cathodes,” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 2012, 159(5): p. A598-A603.

G. J. Nelson, B. N. Cassenti, A. A. Peracchio and W. K. S. Chiu, “Two-Dimensional Charge Transfer and Space Charge Effects in Extended Surface Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrodes,” Journal of Power Sources, 2012, 205: p 48-56.

F. Abdeljawad, G. J. Nelson, W. K. S. Chiu and M. Haataja, “Redox Instability, Mechanical Deformation, and Damage Accumulation in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anodes: A Continuum Simulation Approach,” Journal of Applied Physics, 2012, 112(3): p. 036102.

T. D. Myles, G. J. Nelson, A. A. Peracchio, W. K. S. Chiu, R. J. Roy, B. L. Murach and G. A. Adamson, “Species Transport in a High Pressure Oxygen Generating Proton Exchange Membrane Electrolyzer,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2012, 37(17): p. 12451-12463.

W. K. S. Chiu, A. V. Virkar, F. Zhao, K. L. Reifsnider, G. J. Nelson, F. Rabbi and Q. Liu, “HeteroFoaMs: Electrode Modeling in Nano-structured Heterogeneous Materials for Energy Systems,” Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 2012, 9: p. 011019.

W. M. Harris, G. J. Nelson, A. M. Kiss, J. R. Izzo, Jr., W. K. S. Chiu, Y. Liu, M. Liu, Y. S. Chu and S. Wang, “Nondestructive Volumetric 3-D Chemical Mapping of Nickel-Sulfur Compounds at the Nanoscale,” Nanoscale, 2012, 4 (5): p. 1557 - 1560.

G. J. Nelson, A. A. Peracchio and W. K. S. Chiu, “Analytical Investigations of Varying Cross Section Microstructures on Charge Transfer in SOFC Electrodes,” Journal of Power Sources, 2011, 196: p. 4695-4705.

G. J. Nelson, W. M. Harris, J. R. Izzo, Jr., K. N. Grew, W. K. S. Chiu, Y. S. Chu, J. Yi, J. C. Andrews, Y. Liu and P. Pianetta, “Three Dimensional Mapping of Nickel Oxidation States using Full Field X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure Nanotomography,” Applied Physics Letters, 2011, 98: p. 173109.

G. J. Nelson, W. M. Harris, J. J. Lombardo, J. R. Izzo, Jr., W. K. S. Chiu, P. Tanasini, M. Cantoni, J. Van herle, C. Comninellis, J. C. Andrews, Y. Liu, P. Pianetta and Y. S. Chu, “Comparison of SOFC Cathode Microstructure Quantified using X-ray Nanotomography and Focused Ion Beam - Scanning Electron Microscopy,” Electrochemistry Communications, 2011, 13 (6): p. 586-589.