Laura Espinal
Laura Espinal
Materials Research Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology

I research functional materials for sustainable technologies and materials sustainability, including solid-state sorbents for environmental applications like carbon capture, gas separation materials, and rational and accelerated design of materials through an integrated computational and experimental approach.

The FOE program allowed me to meet accomplished and diverse researchers working on interesting topics outside my area of expertise. The entire event was enlightening and intellectually-stimulating in a big way. What impressed me the most was the sense of creativity reflected by everyone’s research both on and off stage. The whole experience left me with a much broader view of different sectors working together towards a much bigger goal. My experience at the FOE motivated me to leave the bench recently for a very unique opportunity - a one year detail at my organization's program coordination office where I will take a "30,000-foot" view of the entire organization, further my understanding of major programs, and solve problems outside my comfort zone.

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