Biography:Adam Mendonça joined the Advanced Polymer Research Laboratory in the fall of 2013 as an undergraduate research assistant. His research focuses on the development of more ideal electrodes on shape memory polymer substrates, which can be later used in cochlear implants. Mendonça is a freshman with interests in math and electrical engineering.
Mendonça was born in Syracuse, NY, where he lived for one year, when his family moved to Unionville, CT. There he stayed for 4 years, but then he moved to São Paulo, Brazil, where he lived for 4 years. After that, he moved to Shanghai, China, for 3 years, before coming back to Avon, CT, one town above Unionville. However, his time there was short lived, as he moved one year later to Fayetteville, Arkansas. There, he attended Haas Hall Academy, and graduated as valedictorian of his class and left with two Quiz Bowl State 1A Championships. He then came to Dallas as a McDermott Scholar, and is currently an undeclared major. He hopes to help start a Chinese-American Language and Culture Exchange group, and eventually return to China with a study abroad program.
Research Interests: Shape Memory Polymers, Flexible Electronics