ChBE Alumnus Profile: Glenn Guglietta II

Class of: 2009 (B.S.)

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Glenn Guglietta II (B.S. '09). While an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, Glenn worked in Professor Ray Adomaitis' lab. He was the recipient of a Suez Energy Generation NA Scholarship, which supports energy conversion education in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Glenn is currently a Ph.D. student at Drexel University, where he is advised by Professor Jason Baxter and works in the Nanomaterials for Energy Applications and Technology (NEAT) lab.
We chatted with Glenn to learn more about his experiences at the University of Maryland, and find out what he's working on today.
What sort of research are you doing as a Ph.D. student at Drexel?
We study charge transport in semiconductor materials for solar cells and other optoelectronic applications. Our use of ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopic techniques, specifically transient absorption and time-resolved terahertz, enable investigation of charge and energy dynamics on sub-picosecond to nanosecond time scales. We use nanocrystal based systems to provide insight into the relationship between materials and architecture for guiding development of photovoltaics.
What applications could your work have in industry or consumer products, or what impact could it have on regular people?
What we learn can be applied to create high efficiency solar cells and lasers, with potential for generalized applications in photonics, photocatalytic and biomedical applications.
You've received an IGERT Fellowship. Could you please tell us more about that?
The IGERT fellowship program supports interdisciplinary research and the nanoscale regime is inherently interdisciplinary. Our work involves many fields, from photonics with our extensive use of nonlinear optical effects and ultrafast lasers, to materials science and electro-physics for semiconductor interface engineering, and materials physical chemistry for self-assembly of nanoscaled systems.
What do you plan to do after graduate school?
I would like to continue working on semiconductor materials and device development in industry.
What was the best thing about majoring in ChBE, or what was your favorite "ChBE Experience"?
The camaraderie and competition within the class.
What was your favorite class, and why?
Fluid dynamics and Heat and Mass Transport. Professor Calabrese is a truly excellent professor.
What advice do you have for undergraduates considering graduate studies in ChBE?
Find out if you like doing research as opposed to thinking about where it puts you, or if you like to view yourself as someone who does it. Not all research is fun, and it's not fun every day, either. But thinking should be fun. If it isn't, graduate school and research won't be much fun [for you].
Also, learn the fundamentals, and learn them well.
What did you like about living in the Washington, D.C. area?
The Metro [subway] made getting around the city easy, and there is something to do there for everyone.
What do you currently do in your spare time?
Rock climbing or snowboarding, depending on the season.