We’re Open Today
10:00am to 5:00pm

Sharp Minds

Explore Exciting Topics With Local Scientists and Researchers

Sharp Minds Lecture Series  

Start the month the smart way, by attending a Sharp Minds lecture at the Fleet Science Center. At Sharp Minds, you’ll hear from local scientists about their latest research and discoveries in a friendly, inviting environment. These lectures address hot topics on the first Monday of every month and are held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Lecture is free with a general admission ticket or a Senior Monday ticket.



From March 2022 through August 2022, we are excited to partner with the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center at UC San Diego, to introduce their fascinating work on nanomaterials, that will affect all areas of our lives, from medicine, to energy, to virtual reality.

June 6
10:30-11:30 a.m.
12 p.m. screening of "A Beautiful Planet"

Diagnosing Disease with Light Using Nanomaterials

Today, tests for serious disease can be slow, expensive or imprecise. In many ways, current medical diagnostic technologies lag behind what engineering can provide. Too often, imprecise or slow diagnostic tools mean that patients don’t always get the most targeted treatments. In this talk, Dr. Poulikakos shares her effort to develop new diagnostic tools that use nanostructured surfaces, allowing them produce results more quickly, more accurately and at lower cost. 


Lisa Poulikakos is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego. She is affiliated with the UC San Diego Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) Seed grant program. Prof. Poulikakos' research studies how nanomaterials can interact with light to address societal challenges, including those in global health. She earned her PhD at ETH Zurich, Switzerland and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, before joining the UC San Diego faculty in 2020.


July 4
No Lecture in observance of 4th of July

August 1
10:30-11:30 a.m.
12 p.m. screening of "Volcanoes"

Lecture details to come!

Sign Up for a Newsletter

Visit Us

1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 238-1233





Featured Exhibits & Shows

Thank You

to our generous sponsors

City of San Diego


Copyright © 2022 Fleet Science Center. All Rights Reserved.