How hydrogen — the simplest and most abundant element in the universe — could provide a practical and sustainable energy source will be the focus of the next WSU Common Reading lecture.

The lecture, titled “The HOW of a hydrogen organized Washington (and World!),” will be presented by Jacob Leachman Leachman, associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering and director WSU’s Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) Lab, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in CUE 203.

The goal of the HYPER lab is to efficiently advance the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of hydrogen systems.

Leachman will discuss what the HYPER team currently is 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. The focus this year is on new technologies being developed at WSU across all disciplines.

Verification of attendance at the lecture is available to students.

For more information, visit the WSU Common Reading website.


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