Dr. Gross is a Professor of Engineering at Wake Forest where he leads the Gross Lab. The Gross Lab studies the processing of solid state materials, particularly mixed metal oxides, for electrochemical energy conversion applications. The various facets of this research include synthesis, structural characterization, and thermochemical characterization. The Gross lab also develops multifunctional ceramic composites for solid oxide fuel cell electrodes, fabricating and testing the electrochemical performance of prototype devices. Finally, Gross studies activity-level, or situational, student motivation in STEM courses with the goal of directly applying motivation theory and empirical research findings to practical course design. Dr. Gross is the recipient of the 2015 Wake Forest University Teaching in Innovation Award.