Nestled east of the Appalachian Mountains and west of the Atlantic Ocean sits none other than the “City of Brotherly Love” Philadelphia. While it is known for having the ‘best Philly cheese steak sandwiches,’ Hershey Park and the Liberty Bell, it is also home to Karreem Hogan.
As a child, Hogan knew he was destined to become an engineer. He was constantly taking apart electronics and mechanical things and reassembling them just to find out how they work.
Hogan is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Nanoengineering at North Carolina A&T State University. When asked why this was his area of study, he simply stated, “I decided to get a Ph.D. in Nanoengineering because I felt that this was the future of technology,” After he receives his degree, he plans to open his career as a professor and researcher at a Historically Black College University then make a smooth transition into the academic administration realm.
The rigors of his work are the stepping stones towards his ultimate goal, but they are also motivation to continue his journey through graduate school. A few challenges that he has faced throughout the duration of his research thus far consist of finding funding and resources, as well as finding the time to complete all of his responsibilities. These major challenges have impacted the research project, but surely have not immobilized the plans.
As Hogan continues to keep his career goal in sight, he is not only a student, but also a driven individual that is determined to create opportunity as well as study in an area that can enhance society, and this is the justification for his research.
Hogan is currently working on a joint interdisciplinary project with the School of Music and Audiology Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The primary focus of his research is to redesign hearing protection and aids using nanoelectronics (very small circuitry) and novel nanomaterials (materials with specific molecular properties). Ultimately, their goal is to improve the current hearing protection and aids that are available to musicians, soldiers, industrial workers and the hearing impaired.
Hogan’s research has the potential to impact society. He said his research is going to “…improve hearing, protection, comfort and fit, as well as the acoustic integrity and fidelity of the aids.” The research is going to prove itself market worthy as well as needed. With the ever changing field of technology, we must pay closer attention to the ‘nano’ (smaller) portions.