BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Every year a select few students are awarded
the nationally renowned Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Daniel
Salem, a junior chemical engineering major at the University at
Buffalo, has now joined that prestigious group.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education
Program was founded in 1986 to provide a continuing source of
highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by
awarding scholarships to college students who plan to pursue
careers in those fields. It honors Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, a U.S.
senator for 30 years.
More information about the Goldwater Scholarship is available at
Salem plans to use the $7,500 scholarship award to fund his
research for the remainder of his undergraduate career. His
interests lie within the field of energy storage and, in
particular, the development of new successful battery technologies
that can meet growing energy demands.
A resident of Liverpool, N.Y., Salem has been a standout student
since first arriving at UB, earning academic honors since his
freshman year. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate
school, earn a PhD in chemical engineering and eventually pursue a
career in academia.
A UB Presidential Scholar, Salem has a long list of honors and
awards, which include the CRC Freshman Chemistry Award, Merck Index
Sophomore Chemistry Award and the AIChE Sophomore Excellence Award.
He is also a member of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi
and the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement
Now Salem can add the Goldwater Scholarship to his impressive
"During the past decade or so, energy production and consumption
have become major issues for the United States and other nations
around the world," said Salem. "I am very interested in this
research field because of the widespread applications, and the
potential to change the way in which the United States thinks about
His interests in energy storage and energy conservation stem
from a presentation by a local weatherman on global warming he
attended while in high school. Due to his experience as a member of
the Boy Scouts, Salem already had a great deal of respect for the
environment, but after the presentation he decided to devote his
studies to improving environmental conditions.
"While I knew the overall idea of global warming, I was
overwhelmed by the evidence that he presented and severity of the
problem," said Salem. "I distinctly remember the feeling as I
walked out of the auditorium. I was confused, shocked and even a
Currently, Salem is a member of a research group studying
various aspects of lithium-air battery systems. He has worked under
UB Research Assistant Professor Amy C. Marschilok, as well as Ken
Takeuchi, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemistry, and
his wife, Esther Sans Takeuchi, SUNY Distinguished Professor and
Greatbatch Professor of Advanced Power Sources in the Department of
Chemical and Biological Engineering, since his sophomore year.
Salem said he greatly admires the couple for giving him the
opportunity to work in their lab as an undergraduate and credits
them for his decision to pursue graduate studies.
"My current goal as a student is to open enough doors so that I
have the opportunity to change the world in the future," said
Salem. "I hope someday to make just as great a contribution to
society as they have."
Salem joins the ranks of other Goldwater recipients, many of
whom have received prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs,
including numerous Rhodes, Marshall and Churchill scholarships.