Today we’re talking to Nicola Ferralis, Research Scientist and Program Manager at MIT; and we discuss how Nicola is working on ways to make carbon fiber out of fossil fuel byproducts, benefits of carbon fiber in constructing cars, planes and rockets, and the machine learning tech Nicola employs for big data analytics in his research.

All of this right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast! 

About Nicola Ferralis:

 – Novel application of natural and artificial carbonaceous materials for energy, sensing, water treatment and electronics applications; 

– Nanoscale PV and geothermal technologies based on geological and synthetic composites; 

– Novel characterization techniques for photovoltaics, subsurface engineering and space science;

– Chemical fingerprinting for geo-, astro-and paleobiology; 

– Volatile and polyaromatic hydrocarbons environmental sensing and detection. 

– Nanoscale opto-chemo-thermo-mechanical characterization of materials;

– Correlative statistical analysis of materials characterization data through machine learning.

– Instrumentation design, development and integration; 

– Science education; 

More at: http://www.rle.mit.edu/gg/people/research-associates/

About MIT:

The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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