There’s a complex interplay between a material and its environment. People see the result of this relationship more often than they realize, like when noticing corrosion or rust on metal objects. But there are underlying mechanisms that go way beyond just what is seen. Mike Hurley, an assistant professor in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering and one of the five National Science Foundation CAREER awardees representing Boise State for 2020, is using state-of-the-art instruments and methods to go much deeper into this fascinating relationship. His research also looks to guide engineers to design materials with new, innovative properties that are more reliable than ever before.
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In the previous episode of Beyond The Blue, we highlighted an assistant professor’s passion for introducing opportunities to at-risk teens and high school students through the field of computer science. Now, we place the spotlight on Hurley’s research, something he says has the potential to make the world a bit better. You can subscribe to Beyond The Blue on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.