Sept. 19: WSU researcher Jacob Leachman discusses hydrogen technology and the future at Common Reading lecture

Common Reading lecturer Jacob Leachman.Common Reading lecturer Jacob Leachman.PULLMAN, Wash.— Learn about hydrogen as a practical and sustainable energy source at a Washington State University Common Reading lecture titled “The HOW of a hydrogen organized Washington (and World!)” presented by Jacob Leachman Wed., Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203.

Leachman is an associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering, and director WSU’s Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) Lab. The goal of the lab is to efficiently advance the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of hydrogen systems.

At the Common Reading lecture, Leachman will discuss what the HYPER team is currently studying and how hydrogen can increase the value of renewable energy. He will cover four challenges the HYPER lab looks to solve and their impacts on the future.

Leachman joined the faculty in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in 2010 after earning his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from the University of Idaho. While a student, he was a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

First-year and other WSU students are reading the common book, Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything in several classes. The Common Reading Program organizes extracurricular guest-expert lectures and programming related to topics raised in the book. This year, a focus is on new technologies being developed at WSU across all disciplines.

Verification of attendance at the lecture is available to students.

Media Contacts:

  • Karen Weathermon, WSU Common Reading co-director, 509-335-5488,
  • Emma Epperly, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education communication and marketing assistant, 509-335-9458,
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