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Science Center’s Materials Exhibit Gets “Superhuman” Assistance from Georgia Tech
MSE’s Mark Losego partners with Tellus Science Museum to teach the public about materials science.
A new exhibit about “Superhero Materials” at Cartersville’s Tellus Science Museum received an assist from Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering. Mark Losego, associate professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), worked with the museum’s staff to frame the technical content and design of the exhibit.
The exhibit uses repeatable experiments to teach visitors about major principles in materials science. When curator Rebecca Melsheimer decided to focus on materials for her next project, she reached out to many different resources: the Materials Research Society, and previous exhibit designers, and the Georgia Tech's MSE.
Losego has a long history of materials science community outreach, starting with his time as an undergraduate student. At Georgia Tech, he has built a collection of demonstrations for students and visitors. These demonstrations, which include shape memory alloys and using piezoelectric materials to cause a small explosion, tend to be popular with a wide range of audiences.