WRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship

About the Program

Thanks to the generous support of the Washington Research Foundation (WRF), the Clean Energy Institute has recruited an exceptional cohort of Innovation Fellows to the University of Washington to pursue postdoctoral research in solar energy conversion, energy storage, and grid integration technologies with CEI faculty.


WRF Innovation Fellows Activities

  • Regular events and activities such as the Perfect Pitch Competition are organized by WRF-funded Institutes as well as the Washington Research Foundation.
  • Field Trips: Periodically, CEI will arrange energy-related tours of area businesses and installations. We have visited Itek Solar, Microsoft Smart Building Operations Center, and PNNL labs. Contact education director Shaun Taylor if you have an idea for a field trip.
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: WRF Innovation Fellows have the opportunity to meet an impressive set of invited speakers each quarter. If you would like to have lunch with a visiting speaker, or have an suggestion for a future speaker, please send a message to our seminar coordinator. Include the speaker name, area of interest, and reason for inviting if you are recommending a speaker.
  • CleanTech Alliance Breakfast Series: CEI provides one free breakfast ticket per month to CEI Fellows (see current schedule). Contact senior communications manager Suzanne Offen at soffen@uw.edu if you are interested in attending. We recommend business attire and using public transportation if possible; parking can be expensive.
  • Element 8 Meetings: One of CEI’s partner organizations is the cleantech investment group Element 8. Their regular meetings are a good place to network with the business community and see a real live pitch for a new project. (See current schedule and contact senior communications manager Suzanne Offen at soffen@uw.edu if you are interested in attending.)
  • Outreach Activities: Lead K-12 students in hands-on activities and present at community events such as Paws On Science, Engineering Discovery Days, and many other events as a Clean Energy Ambassador.
  • Professional Development: CEI is committed to providing the highest level of academic and professional preparation for its members. Fellows have opportunities to participate in professional ethics training, design broader impacts programs, communicate science to the public, and receive specialized training in graphics and video production. Opportunities will be offered throughout the year; contact education director Shaun Taylor with ideas or inquiries.


Learn more about other WRF-funded Innovation Fellows Programs at the University of Washington.

Meet the current Innovation Fellows.

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– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy