Each year, Penn Arts and Sciences undergraduates get a chance to talk about their research at the School’s Undergraduate Research Fair during Family Weekend. We asked David Lim, C’16, E’16, a student in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), about his work with Professor of Chemistry and VIPER Co-Faculty Director Andrew Rappe. They are looking for a more efficient way to control memory devices such as computers by using a magnetic field rather than electrical current. Their research has been published in the journal Applied Physics Letters.
VIPER enrolls students who are interested in energy science and engineering. They quickly get involved in energy-related research through paid summer internships, as well as a senior capstone experience. VIPER’s goal is to prepare these students to be leaders and innovators in the discovery and development of sustainable ways to harness, convert, and use energy.