Aaron Wolfe is a senior at Colorado State University (CSU), majoring in Chemistry. He spent his summer conducting research at Advanced MicroLabs (AML) to assist in their efforts to develop an online device to monitor perchlorate remediation operations while learning to conduct research in compliance with Good Laboratory Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices in an industry setting. Specifically, Aaron learned to build and test electronic circuitry in the development of a simplified conductivity detection cell for use in AML's perchlorate monitoring device. This simplified conductivity detector would lower production costs for AML, and will also lower costs for the consumer. He also learned fabrication techniques related to the microchips, and gained experience with a number of instruments he had never used before. Aaron experimented with different buffers and electrodes to reduce background noise and increase instrument sensitivity. "I learned a lot about the dynamics of small scientific companies and the unique opportunities and challenges they face," Aaron said about his experience.
Aaron was nominated for this internship by his professors in the CSU Chemistry department, where he has demonstrated strong leadership skills in addition to his passions for chemistry and emerging technologies. He has spent considerable time working with Dr. Bruce Parkinson's research group developing a protocol for freshman-level research classes and on a solar energy project. In addition, Aaron is active in the CSU Chemistry club, where he served as President from spring 2005 to fall 2007. In his role as president, Aaron directed club meetings, managed elementary school outreach programs, and planned seminar series. Outside of school Aaron is a neuromuscular therapist, does tai chi, and likes to stay active with sports.
When he graduates, Aaron plans to continue his studies to the Doctorate level, then work in industry.