Kudos to Mark Kester: nanoSTAR Summer Program for Entrepreneurial Nanoscale Engineering

September 21, 2021 by adw2n@virginia.edu

The Pharmacology department sends kudos to Mark Kester, PhD, UVA Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacology and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, for making headlines for his excellent work with nanotechnology and UVA’s nanoSTAR Institute, where he is the director.  Kester and the institute that historically placed second-year students in nanotechnology labs that match their academic interests via its Summer Undergraduate Research program, stepped the program up a notch by curating the nanoSTAR Summer Program for Entrepreneurial Nanoscale Engineering. With the help of Bernie Carlson, director of UVA’s engineering business programs, and backed by a $100,000 grant from the Jefferson Trust, the program afforded nine students to receive the opportunity to develop their own intellectual property while learning the entrepreneurial skills to eventually bring it to the market. Third-year physics and psychology major, Ziyuan Wang was one of the nine to benefit from the program. Please visit UVA Today for the full story.