Graduate Student of the month: Joshua Méndez Harper

Joshua Méndez Harper started his graduate career in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech after completing his BS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. Josh has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, an outstanding paper award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for a talk he presented, and Blue Water Computational Science Fellowship.

Joshua’s research interest are granular electrification, volcanic lightning, obscure and difficult problems in electrostatics, planetary volcanism, molten-fuel coolant interactions, Internet of things, geophysical instrumentation CubeSATs, and electromagnetic earthquake precursors. He is currently working with Dr. Josef Dufek on multiple projects and publications.

In his spare time, Joshua enjoys building cigar box theremins and diddley bows. He is also interested in learning and teaching Nahuatl, Native American creation myths and literature, and the Klingon language.