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Alfred University professor to discuss future of space exploration at Bergren Forum

Dr. Olivia Graeve, associate professor of materials science and engineering at Alfred University, will present “Nanobots: The Future of Space Exploration” on Thursday, April 15, during AU’s Bergren Forum at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theatre, Powell Campus Center. This event is free of charge and open to the public.

“I will discuss what is possible, but not yet realized, and what is science fiction,” said Graeve. In general, Graeve will discuss the current status of space exploration and describe the scientific, engineering, and technical breakthroughs necessary for future robotic missions, specifically focusing on new materials development for nanobots.

Graeve earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of California- Davis. Her current research is generally about the synthesis and processing of nanostructured materials, including ceramic and metallic nanomaterials, and amorphous/nanocrystalline composites.

For more information about her research on nano technology, contact Graeve at

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.