Making grass greener

by

Jonathan Massachi

Jonathan Massachi is a second year undergraduate student at UCLA studying Bioengineering with a focus on Medical Device Development. He currently conducting research in the UCLA Integrated Bioelectronics Research Laboratory with the hopes of developing an implantable system to help paralyzed patients with spinal cord injuries walk again. His passion for bio-inspired design and engineering led him to the idea of developing a solar panel that mimics nature’s original solar panel— grass. His idea utilizing a novel turf conformation of flexible solar cells recently won the grand prize in the XPRIZE and UCLA FuturizeX Student Innovation Challenge.