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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="15px"][vc_column_text]By Lyra Fontaine | Photos by Dennis Wise / University of Washington[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][mkd_section_title title="Ph.D. candidate Malia Steward shares her journey to researching renewable energy and how she’s working to improve solar cell efficiency." title_size="small" title_color="" title_text_align="" margin_bottom="" width=""][vc_empty_space height="15px"][vc_column_text]ME Ph.D. candidate Malia Steward’s work focuses on solar energy – the fastest-growing source of new electricity in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Photovoltaic or solar cells are made of semiconductor material that absorbs the energy of sunlight and converts it to electrical power. Steward finds the process of building solar cells layer-by-layer using microfabrication equipment, then using tools to measure the cells’ performance,...

Preparing tomorrow’s clean energy leaders

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][mkd_section_title title="A multi-disciplinary course is training students across the scales of clean energy — from materials and devices to storage and power grid integration." title_size="small" title_color="" title_text_align="" margin_bottom="" width=""][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]December 12, 2022 By Chelsea Yates | Photos by Dennis Wise / University of Washington[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]“I’ve grown up witnessing climate change first-hand — more severe wildfires, draught, hurricanes, and the list keeps growing unfortunately,” says materials science and engineering (MSE) graduate student Arun Sundar. “We need to understand the broader effects of climate change, and we need to take action.” For him, this has meant a course of study in energy storage and emerging energy technologies. Sundar decided...

Daniel Kirschen named editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Energy Markets, Policy and Regulation

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1659482302298{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]July 28, 2022[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1659482290831{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]By Wayne Gillam | UW ECE News[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1659482479494{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]UW ECE Professor Daniel Kirschen was recently named editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Energy Markets, Policy and Regulation. This new publication, launching July 2022, is a peer-reviewed journal containing articles that cover complex topics and issues at the intersection of power systems engineering, energy policy and market regulation. The journal will promote a move toward renewable sources of energy, and it will seek to drive investment in resilient, sustainable energy systems that consider all stakeholders’ needs.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1659482320319{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Kirschen, who is an IEEE Fellow and the Donald W. and...

CEI announces 2022 Clean Energy Student Achievement Awardees

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1659029257332{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Shua Sanchez receives Scientific Achievement Award for novel x-ray technique for study of quantum and energy materials; Miguel González Montijo, Ricardo Rivera-Maldonado share Outreach & Service Award for outstanding contributions to CEI K-12 education programs[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1659029247373{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]July 28, 2022[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1659029487113{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Miguel González Montijo, Ricardo Rivera-Maldonado, and Dr. Shua Sanchez received the Clean Energy Institute’s 2022 Clean Energy Student Achievement Awards at the institute’s annual end-of-year seminar on May 26.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1659029499647{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]The Clean Energy Scientific Achievement Award recognizes UW graduate students who have demonstrated extraordinary productivity in clean energy research and scholarship, and have contributed meaningfully to the scientific...

Jim De Yoreo smiles for the camera wearing a tan suit, sage green shirt, and patterned green tie.

Exploring new materials through collaboration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1655159667535{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Jim De Yoreo’s career full of insights about materials will continue at the Energy Sciences Center[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1655154121223{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]June 13, 2022 | By Beth Mundy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1655159679514{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Scientists who study materials can be divided into three categories. “You have people who make things, people who make things do things, and people who try to understand why things do what they do,” said Jim De Yoreo, a Battelle fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He places himself into the third category.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1655159687342{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Through advanced microscopy techniques, De Yoreo has spent his career trying to understand and predict the...

Catalytic Carbon wins Clean Energy Prize at Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1650917639493{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]April 26, 2022[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1651082498895{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Catalytic Carbon, a startup co-founded by University of Washington (UW) students Carter Vu (B.S. Aeronautics & Astronautics ‘22), Ziming (Jimmy) Ye (B.S. Chemical Engineering, B.A. Biochemistry ‘22), and Owen Chen (M.S. Entrepreneurship ‘23), won the $15,000 Alaska Airlines Grand Prize and the $5,000 Clean Energy Prize at the 2022 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC), hosted by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the UW Foster School of Business. The Clean Energy Prize, sponsored by the UW Clean Energy Institute, rewards student innovations that can reduce carbon emissions through conversion and distribution, energy efficiency, and more.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text...

New collaboration between UW and Seattle clean energy leaders seeks to increase diversity in the renewable energy industry through paid internship program

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1649191013211{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]April 4, 2022[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1649189344442{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]EarthLab and the Clean Energy Institute (CEI), two University of Washington (UW) environmental institutes, have announced a new partnership with LevelTen Energy, EnergyGPS, Google, and Steelhead Americas to bring more talented and diverse young professionals into the renewable energy industry by launching the Energy Scholars Mentorship Program. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply by 5 p.m. PT on April 15, 2022.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1649189351982{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Over eight weeks between June and August 2022, undergraduate students from across the country will come together for a work experience and cohort curriculum specifically designed to equip them with the resources needed to...

Microgrids for education and energy sovereignty

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1647562110902{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]After founding Northwest Indian College's first engineering program, Stephanie Bostwick aims to bring clean energy to her classroom — and to the Lummi Nation.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1647562120695{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]March 18, 2022[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1648241914503{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Growing up in Spokane, WA with Blackfeet heritage, Stephanie Bostwick dreamed of becoming an astronaut. But after her first year of college, she realized she needed a new plan for financially supporting herself, so she decided to enlist in the Naval Nuclear Program, knowing upon completion her education would be fully funded. After finishing her service, she attended Edmonds College to complete an Engineering Transfer program, then earned both a...

UW Regents approve milestone development in new Portage Bay Crossing area on Seattle campus

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1648511144273{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]March 14, 2022 | By Victor Balta, UW News[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1648511211901{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]The University of Washington Board of Regents last week approved the development plan for the first major project in the UW’s newly named Portage Bay Crossing area on the west side of the Seattle campus. The Regents approved a ground lease of the property at Site W27 to Wexford Science + Technology and a lease of building space by the University.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1648511222669{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]“This is a significant milestone for the UW and we are so excited to expand into the area west of campus and begin to define Portage Bay...

Corie L. Cobb awarded DARPA Director’s Fellowship

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1643059363141{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]January 24, 2022 | By Andy Freeberg, UW Mechanical Engineering[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1643059398249{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Corie L. Cobb, professor of mechanical engineering and the Washington Research Foundation Innovation Professor in Clean Energy, has been selected as recipient of the prestigious Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Director’s Fellowship Award. Cobb is the first UW mechanical engineering faculty member to receive this honor.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1643059376239{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]In 2019, Cobb was one of 31 DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) recipients, and she received nearly $500,000 for her research. Cobb’s selection for the DARPA Director’s Fellowship will extend the agency’s support for her research with over $400,000 in additional funding. This...

Balancing science with service

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1638294754994{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]CEI Graduate Fellow Shua Sanchez is exploring the frontiers of new materials while striving for justice in his community [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1638294034006{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]November 30, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1638294188755{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Growing up in small-town Wisconsin, Shua Sanchez’s exposure to science and university research was limited. At a young age, he became aware of climate change and read widely about ways to combat it, but it took until his final year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for him to decide on a career in the field.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1638467858449{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Along the winding path of post-secondary education, Sanchez found his footing as a scholar and scientist. He...