At UNL, Dr. Ndao is director of the Nano & Microsystems Research lab with research interest in Nanotechnology and Thermal-Fluid Sciences. He is interested in both fundamental and applied research in Thermal-Fluid sciences, Energy and Nanotechnology with current research focus on energy conversion and thermal storage, Nanoengineered surfaces, NanoThermoMechanical Logic and Memory devices, Two-phase heat transfer, and Microfluidics. Dr. Ndao is also Associate Director of the Center for Electro-Optics and Functionalized Surfaces, and member of the executive committee of the Nebraska Nanoscale Facility at UNL. Over the past 4 years, Dr. Ndao was able to build a vibrant well funded research group with seven graduate students and several undergraduate students. His team has published many papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature, Applied Physics Letters, Langmuir, and IJHMT; and in international conferences. Dr. Ndao teaches the undergraduate heat transfer course in the MME department at UNL. He has since also developed two new graduate courses in “Micro and Nanoscale Thermal-Fluids Science and Engineering” and “MEMS/NEMS Fabrication and Microfluidics”; he was recently awarded the UNL College of Engineering Henry Y. Kleinkauf Family Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award.
Dr. Ndao is the founder of SenEcole, an organization whose goal is to promote STEM education for the sustainable development of Africa. Ndao believes that the most effective way to achieve this goal is through early engagement of young girls and boys in STEM via programs such as robotics and engineering design competitions. Hence, SenEcole has developed a series of STEM educational programs and tools, such as the Pan-African Robotics Competition (PARC) and the AZIBOt Robot kit, to provide:
- Early engagement of young girls and boys in STEM
- Access to affordable and state-of-the-art STEM educational tools and curriculum to educators and students both in rural and urban areas
- Better understanding of how STEM is used to solve real-world problems
- And inspiring young Africans to be science and technology leaders
Amongst Dr. Ndao’s latest achievements is the creation of the Dakar American University of Science & Technology (DAUST) in Senegal, West Africa. DAUST provides instruction and research opportunities for undergraduates and graduates in fields of engineering and technology that are useful in developing technological solutions to address Africa’s societal needs and challenges.