Fletcher Smith is a Freshman from Washington majoring in Chemical Engineering. Prior to his work at Brigham Young University (BYU), Fletcher worked as a High School Student Business Intern at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), performing basic administration support for the Reactor Materials and Mechanical Design group. It was at PNNL where Fletcher was introduced to research and development culture and decided to continue in that field.
At BYU, he is continuing his education and working closely with Thy Truong in the Kelly Lab to pack nano Liquid Chromatography (nanoLC) and Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) columns for use in the Nanodroplet Processing in One pot for Trace Samples (nanoPOTS) workflow. He hopes to be able to increase the efficiency with which these columns are produced and optimizing the effectiveness with which said columns separate peptides in trace samples, making nanoPOTS a more reliable and effective tool for the broader scientific community.