Department of Physics and Engineering

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Fedford Summer Internships at Wesleyan

Robert Vollmerhausen and Heather Graffius were two of our Ledford scholars for 2010. The students used the equipment in the laser lab to measure the energy structure of lithium, under the mentorship of Dr. Wiest.

Robert reports, “Our results may enable engineers to improve the lithium-ion batteries commonly found in laptop computers.” Equipment to perform this research was recently purchased using funding from the NSF Epscor program.

Scott Roberts worked at Wesleyan with Dr. Wiest as a summer Ledford research scholar.

Scott’s project sought to improve the efficiency of solar cells, an energy source that could reduce our dependence on foreign oil.