#IamUCI: Kent Nitta ’23, B.S. materials science and engineering
Kent Nitta is the lead engineer on a project seeking to use a type of graphene foam in the development of efficient and durable energy storage and transfer systems. The high-achieving student and researcher has a relaxing outlet in archery, an activity he took up as a child. Nitta recently spoke about his hobby and how it taught him to seek perfection while remaining patient about the process of achieving desired results.
#IamUCI: Jazette Johnson ’23, Ph.D., informatics
Jazette Johnson will be the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in informatics from UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences. Much of her research focuses on using social media to support caregivers. During Johnson’s time at UCI, she has worked with the nonprofit Alzheimer’s Orange County to understand the organization’s challenges and help find technology-driven solutions.
#IamUCI: Luis Cuevas ’23, B.S., biochemistry and molecular biology
In the lab of chemistry professor Michael T. Green, Luis Cuevas explored synthesizing an enzyme that breaks down carbon and hydrogen to harness its potential for pharmaceuticals and for the removal of toxic substances from soil and water. Cuevas, who has made the dean’s list every quarter, plans to continue working in lab and classroom settings as he applies to doctoral programs.
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