Featuring: Jonathan "Kite" Ong-Siong
As a chemical engineering major, Jonathan’s interests on campus include researching solutions to common chemical engineering problems that affect our daily lives. Currently, Jonathan is an undergraduate researcher in Professor Lynden Archer’s Group where he researches the prevention of dendrite growth in lithium metal batteries and a member of the Cornell ChemE Car Project Team.
Two weekends ago, Jonathan competed in the National ChemE Car Competition in San Francisco hosted by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The goal of the competition was to design and construct a car powered by a chemical energy source that will safely carry a specified load over a given distance and stop. Competing against the best teams across the world, Jonathan and his team designed a Zinc-Air Battery to place in the top 10 at the competition.
Reflection: “I am very proud of how my team and I performed at the competition despite the talent of the other teams. I put a lot of effort into building our car and designing our battery and I’m glad to see it succeed. I’ll be back at the next National competition to do even better.”
To see the highlights of the competition produced by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, check out this video!