Curious Conversations, a research podcast
Curious Conversations is a series of free-flowing conversations with Virginia Tech researchers that take place at the intersection of world-class research and everyday life.
Produced by Virginia Tech's Office of Research and Innovation and hosted by writer and editor Travis Williams, university researchers share their expertise and motivations, as well as the practical applications of their work in a format that more closely resembles chats at a cookout than classroom lectures.
If you know of an expert (or are that expert) who’d make for a great conversation, email Travis today.
Semiconductors, packaging, and more with Christina Dimarino
Dimarino joined the podcast to chat about semiconductors, the importance of packaging in onshoring their production, and what Virginia Tech is doing to excel workforce development in this field. She is an assistant professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and assistant director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Power Electronics Systems, located at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington.
Hesham Rakha is the Samuel Reynolds Pritchard Professor of Engineering in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as a courtesy professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Rakha also directs the Center for Sustainable Mobility at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. He shares insights on what sustainable mobility means, the gas price at which electric vehicles becomes the more cost effective option, and some of his personal experiences with an electric car.