Jesse Williams is also pursuing his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at The Catholic University of America.
Graduate Thesis: Utilizing thermography to analyze and detect damaged areas on frescoes within The United States Capitol. The results will be compared to those of another non-destructive technique, Structural Vibration Analysis.
“In being a member of the GCSP, I was provided the opportunity to utilize my knowledge of engineering to tackle unique and innovate endeavors. For example, my project in the GCSP, “Carbon Cardiography,” involved the construction of a sock that utilized the piezoresistive effect of carbon fiber nanotubes to detect the heart rate of a user. Built for my grandmother, this project was intended to constantly monitor aging loved ones in real time. In addition, I was also granted the opportunity to work in Ancona Italy, where I generated the initial designs to convert an abandoned oil rig in the Adriatic Sea into a platform for renewable energy. Overall, in being a part of the GCSP, I experienced first-hand how the knowledge of an engineer can shape and better the world in many different ways. Building on these experiences, I am currently working on my graduate degree in mechanical engineering, where my thesis involves utilizing thermography to analyze and detect damaged areas on frescoes within The United States Capitol Building. The results will be compared to those of another non-destructive technique, Structural Vibration Analysis.”