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Student funding opportunities

Request for innovative research proposals

Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership news

Faculty positions available

Faculty spotlight: Egemen Kolemen




Upcoming Highlight Seminars  

February 16, 2015
Kartik Chandran
Columbia University


March 9, 2015
Clare Grey
University of Cambridge


April 20, 2015
Michelle Addington
Yale University

 
All seminars held in Computer Science 104
4:30 p.m.

Message from the Director

Dear Friends,

When asked what I’m most proud of, my immediate answer is it’s the people we’ve brought together here at ACEE. I’d like to share with you a few highlights from our newest faculty members. José Avalos, jointly appointed with ACEE and chemical and biological engineering, was recently profiled in the journal International Innovation where he describes his work creating novel subcellular engineering methods. Egemen Kolemen, jointly appointed with ACEE, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, implemented and tested a new adaptive control algorithm at the DIII-D fusion test facility in San Diego to suppress Edge Localized Modes (ELMs) in tokamak fusion reactors. Forrest Meggers, jointly appointed with ACEE and architecture, continues research at his experimental pavilion "Thermoheliodome," and will soon begin uploading live data of the dome operation and infrared thermal imaging on his Cooling and Heating for Architecturally Optimized Systems (CHAOS) lab website. Claire White, jointly appointed with ACEE and civil and environmental engineering, recently had a paper published in Cement and Concrete Research that revealed the difference in atomic ordering between conventional ordinary Portland cement-based concrete and new sustainable alternatives. This information, specifically the amorphous structure of certain sustainable cements, may explain why they are more prone to specific degradation pathways.
 
Our postdoctoral researcher jointly appointed with the Woodrow Wilson School and Psychology Sander van der Linden will launch a new course this spring: ENE 561/WWS 586C: The Psychology of Environmental Decision Making. The course will explore how people understand and process environmental risks and how such perceptions influence behavior and decision-making. Our Maeder graduate fellows have been busy this year as well. Janam Jhaveri, in electrical engineering, is developing low-temperature silicon heterojunctions for high-efficiency photovoltaics using metal oxides such as TiO2. Jennifer Obligacion, in chemistry, has synthesized a family of cobalt catalysts that operate with high activity under mild conditions.
 
Each of these activities supports the goals of the Andlinger Center, and as you will read below, we are announcing opportunities for fellowships, internships, and faculty research funding to support more good work in the academic year 2015-2016. I for one can’t wait to see the innovative ideas that emerge.

─ Emily A. Carter
Founding Director

Student funding opportunities

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 Maeder Graduate Fellowship in Energy and the Environment. Faculty members from all departments are invited to nominate their very best post-generals, non-DCE graduate student performing research related to energy or the environment as impacted by energy. Full details are available on the Andlinger Center website. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2015.

Undergraduates are invited to apply for paid summer internships. Students will spend the summer of 2015 immersed in research related to energy and the environment and receive a $4,000 stipend plus funds for expenses. Previous internship projects and full application details are described on our website. Applications may be submitted via the Student Activities Funding Engine by March 11, 2015.


Request for innovative research proposals

The Andlinger Center and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) invite faculty to submit proposals focused on innovative research, teaching, and mentorship in energy and the environment. Funding of up to $150,000 will be awarded to each winning project for a one- or two-year project period. Last year, a total of $780,000 was awarded to eight projects spanning numerous research areas. Full application details are available on the ACEE website. The deadline for applications is March 20, 2015.


Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership news


  The Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership (E-ffiliates) will host its second member retreat on February 5 and 6, 2015. Panels composed of leaders from Princeton and E-ffiliates member companies will focus on issues such as the intersection of biology and energy in the environment, the future of fusion, and policy challenges in energy and the environment. Students and postdocs from across the campus working on energy and environment related research will have the opportunity to participate in discussions with the panels and present their work in a poster session.

Princeton Power Systems is the newest E-ffiliates member. The company designs and manufactures state-of-the-art technology solutions for energy management, microgrid operations, and electric vehicle charging. Princeton Power Systems joins members DuPont, Lockheed Martin, Power Survey Company, PSEG, Southern Company, and Arch(e)wild.


Faculty positions available

ACEE seeks a distinguished senior or mid-career scholar to join our growing faculty. Candidates from all disciplines in engineering and the sciences are welcome. The successful candidate will be appointed as a faculty member jointly through the Andlinger Center and his or her department of specialization. A second position is available as a visiting senior scholar in energy or energy-related environmental science and/or engineering for the academic year 2015-2016. Applications may be submitted through the Jobs at Princeton website, requisitions 1400688 (professor) and 1400617 (visiting professor).

Faculty spotlight: Egemen Kolemen

Egemen Kolemen is a specialist in the field of control of fusion plasmas and is an assistant professor jointly appointed with the Andlinger Center, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). After receiving his Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton in 2008, Kolemen spent several years at PPPL working on the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX). He then served as a research scientist at the DIII-D Tokamak at General Atomics in San Diego before returning to Princeton in September 2014. In a recent interview, Kolemen described his research and collaborations aimed at harnessing the power of fusion. Read the full interview here.
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