Interviews, Talks, and News


Low-Powered Electronics, Community Building, & Alex Hsain

H. Alex Hsain chose NC State for her PhD because she wanted a program that promised excellence in both materials science research and public engagement. “The engineering side is amazing,” said Hsain, “but there’s also a lot of community-building opportunities.”

One of those opportunities is SciBridge, a program based at NC State that aims to build connections between East African and American scientists through education and scientific discussion. It focuses on cultivating the skills to research and develop the materials needed for sustainable energy.


AlChE “Doing a World of Good” Podcast: WISE Program Reunion | May 6th, 2019

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll meet six past participants of the Washington Internships for Students in Engineering (WISE) Program. 

Each summer, AIChE selects some of the country’s top, final-year engineering students to participate in a public policy initiative like few others. The WISE program is a nine-week immersion that puts participants face-to-face with public policy makers. During their time there, students grapple with the real-world opportunities and challenges of navigating the halls of government in our profession.

In the first of a two-part discussion, we’ve brought together James Bednar, Christina Chen, Ishaan Dev, Alex Hsain, Zeyi Lin, and Victor Rodriguez to share their thoughts and insights about how the program has shaped their thinking about government and industry partnership.


Meet Alex Hsain - Analytical Instruments Facility (AIF) User Spotlight

AIF News | April 12th, 2019

Alex Hsain is a first year PhD student in Dr. Jacob Jones’ research group studying Materials Science & Engineering. Her research involves oxide electronics – specifically hafnia compounds and their ferroelectric properties. She originally started working with Dr. Jones as an undergraduate when she participated in an International REU experience with his collaborators at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. She became fascinated by the complexity originating from what is a seemingly “simple” binary oxide structure and wanted to delve deeper in graduate school.

ASTM International Selects North Carolina State University Student for Washington Internship

Standardization News | February 22nd, 2018

ASTM International has announced that it will sponsor H. Alex Hsain, a senior at North Carolina State University, for the prestigious Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. This announcement coincides with “Girl Day” of Engineers Week, which encourages girls and young women to consider engineering careers.



Truman Scholar discusses life, work and aspirations

Technician | April 25th, 2017

Alex Hsain, a junior studying materials science and engineering, was NC State’s recipient of the 2017 Truman Scholarship. She was awarded the scholarship in recognition of her work as an undergraduate researcher in the field of sustainable energy and passion for public service and policy. Technician spoke with her Monday.

NC State’s Alex Hsain Wins Truman Scholarship

NC State News | April 13th, 2017

Hanan “Alex” Hsain, a junior majoring in materials science and engineering at North Carolina State University, has been awarded a 2017 Truman Scholarship.

The Colonial Heights, Virginia, native will use the scholarship — a highly competitive, merit-based award of up to $30,000 offered to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from Pacific Islands who want to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in public service — to pursue her Ph.D. in materials science engineering or electrical engineering to help further her goal of becoming a leader in sustainable energy development.

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Could Taking a Walk Power Your Devices? An NC State Student Thinks So

Division of Student and Academic Affairs | April 13th, 2017

This month, Hanan Alex Hsain will showcase her undergraduate research work in one of the nation’s most competitive and selective events for student researchers. She is the first NC State student to be selected to participate in the 21st annual Posters on the Hill session, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Creativity, Sustainability Power Alex Hsain’s Research

Office of Sustainability, NC State | August 15th, 2016

Using an outlet to charge electronics is so 2016.

With the help of NC State junior materials science and engineering major Hanan “Alex” Hsain, society is charging toward a cordless future of self-powered devices equipped with micro energy harvesting technology.

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An Intern's Story: Creating Opportunities

NASA Langley Research Center | June 27th, 2014

It is no trivial fact that unlike animals, humans are naturally comfortable sleeping on their backs. This simple ability allows us the breathtaking view of the boundless cosmos as we drift into slumber, dreaming of the infinite wonders that lie before us. It was in high school that I rolled onto my back, shoulders digging deep into the ground, and gazed into the splendors of space.