Hello! I am Pedro Raposo and I am a “Research Experience for Undergraduates” student under the Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE) research program this summer 2014. I am currently working with Professor Adriaenssens and Dr. Rhode-Barbarigos along with other students in creating a cool comfortable space with no use of air conditioning whatsoever. We will achieve so by using different technologies and different cooling methods such as evaporative cooling methods; methods that contribute to environmental sustainability and efficiency of energy.
I started my undergraduate studies at the City University of New York as an Engineering Science. I will eventually start at Cornell University as a Civil Engineering student this fall 2014 in junior standard. I aim to obtain both, a Masters of Engineering and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering right after obtaining my Bachelor’s degree and continue my journey towards my long-term career at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). During my undergraduate studies, I have worked on different STEM-related projects such as “Climate Simulation and Sea level Rise” where I have simulated the earth’s climate system in terms of Earth’s radiative budget and express the effects that changes in the climate have on sea level. In addition, I have determined which areas of New York City will be submerged due to possible sea level rise. Furthermore, I have worked in “Electrically Conductive Cement” in an effort to determine the self-sensing ability of concrete cement whose theory can be used to develop sensors for civil infrastructures and reduce the use of the already-existing embedded sensors which affect the strength of structures.