Gavin Irvine

Class of 2011 Written by Michael Lane

Tell us a little about what you’ve been doing since graduating from E&H.

It has been a bit of circuitous route for me. After spending two years at the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a Master’s, I headed off to China for two years to teach. Using the proceeds of those jobs, I took a year off to travel and write a book of poetry for a year and a half, before applying and be accepted to the PhD program in Chemistry at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

 

What are the applications of your work?

My research deals with solid state electrolytes. In essence, the goal is replace liquids in batteries with solids in order to stabilize their performance and increase longevity. As you can imagine, to get the same transport properties (the movement of ions through the material) in a solid as a liquid is quite challenging.

 

What do you think was the most valuable aspect of your E&H education?

When I look back on E&H I see great professors in so many classes I took. I remember taking History of the Caribbean with Dr. Little, taking what was then called Great Books with Dr. Chamberlain, Western Tradition with Dr. Vejnar, Ethics with Dr. Grossman just to name a few. The liberal arts aspect of E&H can be seen in my diverse set of interests to the present day. Alas, lets not forget about the Chemistry and Mathematics professors: Dr. Lane, Dr. Duchamp, Dr. Hainsworth, Dr. Li, Dr. Iskra, and Dr. Winger. These professors were not only great teachers, but greater mentors whom helped me get involved in research, and engaged me in deep philosophical rambling during their spare time.

 

To find out more about Gavin’s work, visit his group page here.

Extracurricular Activities:

I was a member of the Beta Lambda Zeta fraternity for three and a half years. Many of these brothers remain close personal friends to this day. As part of the fraternity, we participated in all intramural sports which I think I can credit with helping to ground me at times of high stress. I was also E&H’s most beloved radio personality during the last three years hosting a radio show on Friday evening called Rock Reggae & Chill. Shout out to Ms. Whitney Bowles (08’) for getting me the chance to host a show. Finally, as a way to afford the E&H lifestyle, I used to chop wood for Dr. Grossman.

  • Gavin Irvine
    Gavin Irvine

When I look back on E&H I see great professors in so many classes I took …  These professors were not only great teachers, but greater mentors whom helped me get involved in research, and engaged me in deep philosophical rambling during their spare time.

Location:

University of St. Andrews, Scotland