Daniel participated in the Future City Competition in 2008 when the theme was nanotechnology, the study of matter at small scales (a billionth of a meter!). Ever since his participation, he has volunteered in the Iowa region—as both a judge and SimCity judge coordinator. Thanks to Future City, Daniel became very passionate about nanotechnology and has focused on pursuing a career in this field. He majored in chemical engineering with a focus in nanotechnology at the University of Iowa. During college, he researched new nanotechnology with applications for more efficient solar cells at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. He also researched the properties of nano gold and silver to help detect chemicals. After graduating this May, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and hopes to one day be a professor with a research project in the field of nanotechnology.
You can listen to Daniel’s 2016 Alumnus of the Year acceptance speech here.
University of Iowa