Left: Mandalina Kozicki, Summer 2019 | Right: Kossi Dohoho, Summer 2022
Purpose and Goals
GAIN is a two-year internship program that provides experiences in materials research and development (R&D) both in academia and industry for community college students. The twin goals of GAIN are to create opportunities for students and to enhance the workforce pipeline for materials-focused industries.
The role of materials R&D in the economy is enormous but it is not widely recognized. Pervasive technologies like efficient internal combustion engines are enabled by results from materials engineering such as sensors and nanostructured alloys. Future developments in many areas such as vehicle electrification, medical implants, and environmental remediation will depend on progress in materials R&D. However, recognition among the public of materials R&D as a career choice lags far behind that of other fields such as computer science and healthcare. GAIN is structured to address this gap.
Participants are selected from Boston-area community colleges. Since the summer of 2018, we have worked with one new participant each year. During the first summer, GAIN participants join the Jaramillo research group at MIT, to carry out research on semiconductor materials science. Participants then spend the second summer in an internship position at one of our partner local companies in the advanced materials industries. Each summer internship is expected to last for eight weeks.
CubicPV, (Bedford, MA)
Ambri (Marlborough, MA)
Saint-Gobain (Northboro, MA)
Veloxint (Framingham, MA)
Xtalic (Marlborough, MA)
Bruce Quinn, Roxbury Community College | 2018 Summer Intern @ MIT: Synthesis and Sintering Sulfide Perovskites
2019 Summer Intern @ Veloxint
Mandalina Kozicki, Bunker Hill Community College | 2019 Summer Intern @ MIT: Tape Casting and Sintering of ZnS Thick Films | 2020 Summer Intern @ Xtalic
Tsedey Ayele, Roxbury Community College | 2020-2021 Intern @ MIT: Tape Casting and Sintering of ZnS Thick Films
Peter Ssemwogerere, Bunker Hill Community College | 2021 Summer Intern @ MIT: Tape Casting Chalcogenide Materials for Ifrared Applications | 2022 Summer Intern @ Saint Gobain
Kossi Dohoho, Roxbury Community College | 2022 Summer Intern @ MIT: Investigating Optomechanical Effects in Zinc Oxide
Lloyd Cayman, Roxbury Community College | 2023 Summer Intern @ MIT
We are grateful to the National Science Foundation for supporting the GAIN program through awards #1751736 and 2224948.