Inspired by Aerogel, Off to Change the World: Alex Capecelatro (#3)
As a high school student, Alex Capecelatro became intrigued by aerogel. A type 1 diabetic, Alex saw an opportunity for using aerogel to create a passive thermal insulin storage bottle that would help people with limited access to refrigeration manage their diabetes. After successfully prototyping his idea, Alex proceeded to work with some of the world’s top aerogel scientists and, in the process, launched into the world of materials science.
Now a senior at the University of California at Los Angeles, Alex talks about his journeys in building a supercritical dryer, exploring strange new materials, and of ventures yet to come.
“There are absolutely no limits to what you can do. In the beginning I was told ‘no’ by more people than I care to remember. I wanted to go and get some experience in a research lab in high school. I was told by ‘no’ by so many professors. I wanted to go and make an aerogel and I was told ‘no’ by so many people… so my advice to you is to seek out those people that will inspire you and motivate you… there is no limit.”
- Alex Capecelatro