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Corie Cobb Joins CEI

CEI is proud to welcome Corie Cobb to UW as a Washington Research Foundation Innovation Professor in Clean Energy and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. The Mechanical Engineering department and CEI partnered to help recruit Cobb, an expert in novel manufacturing and design methods for next-generation energy devices and materials, to UW.

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Cobb comes to the UW from Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Inc. where she was a Senior Member of Research Staff leading research projects on advanced manufacturing technologies for solar cells, batteries and high strength and toughness materials. At PARC, Corie specialized in computational analysis, hardware design and process development for printing and patterning of multi-functional materials. Her research has been funded by grants from DOE EERE, ARPA-E, DARPA and industrial partners. Prior to PARC, Corie was a mechanical design engineer at Applied Materials and held positions at Hewlett-Packard, Bell Labs, Google and Toshiba. During her doctoral studies, Corie’s research focused on engineering education and developing computational design synthesis and optimization tools for Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS).

Corie received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkeley, in 2008. She holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering (’04) and a bachelor’s degree in product design (’02) from Stanford University.

The longer-term focus of Corie’s research at the UW is to investigate novel manufacturing and design methods that enable next generation energy devices and materials with unprecedented performance and capabilities.

Corie was a 2002 Bell Labs Cooperative Research Fellowship Program recipient and a 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Ph.D. Scholar. More recently, Corie was an invited participant at the 2015 National Academy of Engineering China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium and the recipient of a best paper award at the 2015 SiliconPV conference with her co-authors.

 

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.