May 21, 2019 at 3:55 pm

Engineering Physics Major Studies the Tiniest of Machines at National Lab

Ryan Tumbleson graduated this spring from the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College in engineering physics. He also double-majored in electrical engineering in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.  In this video, Ryan describes how he seized the opportunity to intern each summer during his undergraduate years on a research team at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, under the direction of Ohio University physics professor Saw-Wai Hla. Ryan used a scanning tunneling microscope to study the tiniest of machines.

The goal of the research team is to develop more complex and useful molecular machines. Sometime in the future, molecular machines may have the capability of increasing computing power, revolutionizing life-saving drug delivery, as well as other benefits to society.

“I would rate Ryan in the top 1% among all of the undergraduate research students who joined my lab,” said Hla. “Ryan has tremendous potential to become a very successful scientist.”

Ryan begins his graduate school studies in September at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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