By Mary CochranMarch 23, 2011
NOTE: See video here: http://bit.ly/lxKQ35
VICKSBURG, MS - Dr. Nicholas Jabari Lee is hesitant to disclose his IQ, but this humble physicist is researching 'super materials' that could change life for all of us. "I think everyone wants to do things that have purpose and that will outlast them."
With a team of scientists and engineers at the Engineer Research and Development Center in Mississippi, Jabari uses computer simulations to study the physical properties of carbon nanotube-based materials. Carbon nanotubes are similar in size to a strand of DNA and research at this level has major implications. The molecules are 1/6 the weight of steel but 150 times stronger. One of the strongest materials ever discovered, this technology means stronger yet more lightweight cars, bridges, aircraft, and buildings. But it doesn't stop there. This research also has uses in biomedicine (implants and prosthetic limbs) and could mean lighter and stronger equipment for our warfighters that could save lives.
This is serious science, using advanced algorithms and mathematical modeling that run on some of the most powerful super computers in the world. But for Jabari, who still won't comment on his IQ, it's about more than that, "I don't see any other purpose for science than to advance technology in order to improve the lives of people."
The Engineer Research and Development Center is one of the most diverse engineering and scientific research organizations in the world. This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility has been named 'Army's Top Research Lab' for three consecutive years.
Physicists study the physical world and the natural phenomena that occur therein. Their research ranges from studying subatomic particles to large galaxies, and they are an integral part to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The job is never boring. And neither are the people in it.
Meet Dr. Nicholas Jabari Lee: http://bit.ly/lxKQ35