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Anthony Santamaria
EcoCatalytics and the Big Bang!

(UPDATED OCTOBER 2013:) Anthony is a postdoctoral researcher in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UC Davis. He works with a team of engineers in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Green Transportation Lab, where they perform thermal and fluid analysis of advanced energy systems.His lab specializes in nuclear-based imaging of fuel cell and battery technology that allows a 3D rendering of critical internal phenomena.Such work is useful for both academia and industry because it provides insight into overall design and function of these systems that is otherwise unattainable. They collaborate with several industry partners, including Daimler.

Anthony was a Business Development Fellow in 2011/12. He competed and placed second in the Big Bang! with the team EcoCatalytics in 2011. The following interview is from 2012.

What are you most passionate about in your work?  

Working with a solid team of engineers and scientists on high-stakes projects is very enjoyable. The nonlinear environment and multitude of projects that require both analytical and creative thinking make every day a new adventure.

How will the Business Development Fellows program help you to change the world?

Much time in research is spent problem solving and trouble shooting. I’d like the opportunity to apply what I’ve learned in the technical world to other areas, whether it be entrepreneurial or management type positions.