I was born and raised in Lancaster, California near Edwards Air Force Base. I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 2009 with a B.S. in Engineering with a Mechanical Specialty. I have interned at TANCO Engineering, Inc. and ATK Launch Systems. At TANCO I worked in both the machine shop and oil refinery before being placed in charge of my own job to run as a project manager. At ATK Launch Systems I interned as a Tooling Design Engineer for the NASA Inert Tooling Group, working on both the Space Shuttle and Constellation programs. I enjoy building, welding, and generally tinkering in my garage at home and utilizing my experiences in projects and jobs that I undertake. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Engineering here at CSM.

I worked in the CFCC as an undergraduate on characterizing the effect of gas composition and steam addition to the electronic conductivity of SOFC anode materials. My current research is focused on inkjet deposition of Segmented-in-Series Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells. The development of ceramic ink compositions and deposition methods has required expanding my engineering background to incorporate a better understanding of materials science. With the potential of creating micron-scale high-voltage, low-current producing devices, it is exciting to be involved in research on SIS SOFCs.

Nicolaus Faino