Dr. Kwansa is a post-doctoral researcher working in Prof. Yara Yingling’s group within the Materials Science and Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his undergraduate studies and Virginia Tech University for graduate school. At Virginia Tech, he was involved in research to model and experimentally characterize the mechanics of collagen type I protein (a biological polymer) and its crosslinks. At NC State, Albert is employing computational approaches to model interactions between synthetic polymers and chemical additives (e.g., components of flexible plastics used in construction, medical, and automotive applications). He is also involved with research to model coated gold nanoparticles, which are used for applications such as medical diagnostics, drug delivery, sensors, and electronics.