Andre Lamont Thompson as a graduate student continues to attend the NSBE conferences to recruit undergraduate students to apply to the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering Graduate Program and attend the Engineering Graduate Symposium. Andre has been the social chair for the Society of Minority Engineers and Scientists-Graduate Component (SMES-G) for three years where he conduct community service, host social events, invite speakers to lead workshops on specific topics, and collaborate with other organizations to promote awareness and knowledge of life inside and outside of graduate school. He chose to attend graduate school because of the enjoyment of conducting high level research and working on a scientific project with an ultimate goal in mind, and having the freedom to choose his own research topic gaining more knowledge in the field of materials science and engineering. His research summary under Dr. Brian J. Love, is characterizing structural changes that arise in the polyethylene oxide-polypropylene oxide-polyethylene oxide (PEO-PPO-PEO) amphiphilic triblock copolymers (commercially known as Pluronics) as a function of temperature through Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), and he also measures how adding small amounts of ternary additive drugs perturb the structure and the driving force for micelle formation in aqueous PEO-PPO-PEO solutions with different block lengths and hydrophilic ties.
Andre’s career goals after graduation are to either work in a research and development division for a company in industry, or work for the government at a national laboratory where he can conduct research in the Polymers and Biomaterials field.
His current activities and hobbies are intramural sports; basketball, flag football, broomball, dodge ball, softball, whirly ball, and volleyball.