#WeTheGeeks: The Stuff Superheroes Are Made Of

Nathan Landy, Graduate student from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Duke University was asked to join the "We the Geeks" Google + hangout. From the whitehouse website:

'We the Geeks' is a new series of Google+ Hangouts to highlight the future of science, technology, and innovation here in the United States. Topics such as commercial space exploration, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, turning science fiction to science fact, and others will be discussed with Administration officials and key private sector contributors. Join the conversation using the hashtag #WeTheGeeks and be sure to sign up for email updates about future "We the Geeks" hangouts.

What You Missed: We the Geeks: The Stuff Superheroes Are Made Of As thousands of sci-fi and superhero enthusiasts gather in San Diego for Comic-Con, here at the White House we gathered some of the Nation’s top innovators who are designing materials to enable real-life superpowers—including invisibility and super-strength.

The Hangout featured a panel of leading experts including:

  • James Kakalios, Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, and author of The Physics of Superheroes
  • Nathan Landy, graduate student at Duke University; working on an invisibility cloak
  • Zhenan Bao, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University; focusing research on self-healing and touch-sensitive synthetic skin
  • Norman Wagner, Alvin B. and Julia O. Stiles Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware; research on liquid armor
  • Nate Ball, co-founder of Atlas Devices and inventor of Batman-like Ascender; host of PBS's Design Squad Nation

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