Megan S. Candelaria
Topics Corin can bring to your classroom:
Thermoelectric Power Generation
Electricity and Circuits
Levers in the Human Body
Waves and Sound
Light Spectrum vs. How we Sense Color
Education:B.S. Engineering Physics from University of the Pacific, 2005B.S. Applied Mathematics from University of the Pacific, 2005M.S. Physics, University of Wyoming, 2011
I study the thermoelectric properties of materials. A thermoelectric material can produce electrical power from heat flow or operate in reverse and pump heat when electrical power is applied. With lower cost and better efficiency, these materials can replace your kitchen refrigerator, or be used to extract significant electrical power from many heat sources, such as automobiles, microchips, and cooling towers of power plants. Currently, thermoelectric materials are used for energy generation in remote areas and for refrigeration in niche applications. Several NASA spacecraft, including the Mars rover Curiosity, use thermoelectric materials to generate power instead of solar panels.
The goals of my research are to develop a better understanding of the physics behind thermoelectric properties and to help create better and/or cheaper materials by manipulating a material’s crystal structure.
I grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. When it was time for college, I wanted to see something new, so I went to University of the Pacific in California to study engineering and applied mathematics. After my undergrad, I returned to Colorado and worked a couple years developing software for an oil and gas service company and traveling to Australia and Fiji. I decided I wanted to continue my education and came to Wyoming to study physics. Now I am very close to finishing a PhD and moving on to something new!