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Everett Bailey
Everett Bailey

Solar Energy: The Physics And Engineering Of Ph...

Jason joined NREL in 2000 and leads the wind turbine and wind farm physics-based engineering model development activities. He leads the development of the OpenFAST and FAST.Farm physics-based engineering tools for designing and analyzing land-based and offshore fixed and floating wind turbines and wind farms. He also guides projects aimed at verifying, validating, and applying engineering tools to wind turbine design and analysis. Jason supports multiple IEA Wind research Tasks on developing, verifying, and validating engineering models for rotors, offshore wind turbines, and wind farms. He also is a U.S. representative on the International Electrotechnical Commission working group to develop an international technical specification for the design of floating offshore wind turbines.

Solar Energy: The Physics and Engineering of Ph...

Graduates often pursue advanced degrees in areas such as condensed matter physics, plasma physics, optical physics, high energy physics and biophysics, as well as engineering and computer-related areas.

He has numbers of publications in leading scholastic high impact journals, including Advanced Energy Materials, Nano Letters, Nano Energy, Advanced Electronic Materials, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, and others. At EIU, he leads multiple research projects in renewable energy and nanoscale physics and technology such as: development high-efficiency solar energy devices; development of novel photonic and electronic materials; development of novel nanoscale measurement systems using an atomic force microscope (AFM) and an optical microscope, etc.

Dr. Toor obtained her Ph.D. and M.A. in electrical engineering from Princeton University where she developed spectrally high performing (4-wavelength; time and wavelength multiplexed; single mode) InGaAs/InAlAs/InP based mid-infrared wavelength quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). While at Princeton, she also minored in physics and Science Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She received her B.S. degree with a double major in engineering sciences and physics from Smith College. Dr. Toor is a member of American Physical Society (APS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Optica (formerly OSA), SPIE the international society for optics and photonics, and American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). Dr. Toor has published in many peer-reviewed scientific journals, presented at various scientific conferences and received several awards for academic excellence.

Novel energy system concepts that help to mitigate the effects of climate change, including solar energy, energy storage, and transportation. Concepts currently under development include thermal energy grid storage using multi-junction photovoltaics (TEGS-MPV), high temperature concentrated solar power (CSP) using liquid metals or molten salts, ceramic/refractory based fluid handling infrastructures, high temperature thermochemical energy conversion and reactor design, methane pyrolysis for hydrogen production, solar fuels, direct contact heat exchangers; Atomistic level modeling to study the fundamental physics of phonon transport in ordered materials, disordered materials, molecules and at interfaces; Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, supercell lattice dynamics calculations, first principles calculations, density functional theory (DFT), interatomic potentials optimized for describing phonons directly from first principles, Taylor expansion based potentials and neural network potentials.

This program prepares students to use physics to meet the needs of society. Employers value our graduates because they are ready to work with lasers, electron microscopes, nuclear systems, radiation safety, energy efficiency, solar panels, robotics, computation, and airport security systems. In addition, our Applied Physics majors have been accepted to graduate studies in physics, medical physics, and most fields of engineering.

Ph.D. students are mentored by faculty to become world-class researchers. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has a long history of excellence in graduate education. The department is consistently ranked in the top 20 in the United States for graduate programs in mechanical engineering. The department offers research opportunities in a large number of established and emerging research specializations. Broad research themes within the department include: biomechanics, computational engineering, energy, manufacturing, and mechanics and controls. Excellent research facilities are available for specialized research within these broad areas for studies in: biomechanics, combustion, computational design, controls, cryogenics, dynamics and vibrations, fluid dynamics, fluid power, geometric modeling and prototyping, heat and mass transfer, internal combustion engines, laser diagnostics, manufacturing processes, mechanics, mechatronics, polymer and composites processing, powertrain control, robotics, solar energy, and more.

Students who choose chemical engineering at Oregon State University will gain a solid background in chemistry (general, organic, and physical), thermodynamics, and transport phenomena, in addition to calculus, physics, and core engineering studies. Advanced coursework includes mass transfer operations, chemical reaction engineering, and chemical plant design. All students complete a capstone design project.

Our diverse faculty pursue a variety of research interests, with concentrations of expertise in surface chemistry/catalysis, reaction engineering, and computational modeling/simulation. Areas of interest include renewable energy (including battery chemistry, solar cells, hydrogen production, fuel cell technology, thermal energy storage), microreactors, advanced sensors, nanoparticles, semiconductors, and smart surfaces.

Paul R. Berger is a Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Ohio State University and Physics (by Courtesy). He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tampere University in Finland. He received the B.S.E. in engineering physics, and the M.S.E. and Ph.D. (1990) in electrical engineering, respectively, all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently, Dr. Berger is actively working on quantum tunneling devices, printable semiconductor devices & circuits for IoT, bioelectronics, novel devices, novel semiconductors and applied physics.

I am an associate professor of engineering and physics at the University of Central Oklahoma. Before joining UCO, I was an associate professor of physics at Pittsburg State University. I obtained my Ph.D. in computational materials physics from Lehigh University in 2012.

Gennady Shvets received his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT in 1995. Previously he has held research positions at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and was on the faculty of the Illinois Institute of Technology. His research interests include nanophotonics, optical and microwave metamaterials and their applications (including bio-sensing, optoelectronic devices, and vacuum electronics), and plasma physics. He is the author or coauthor of more than 180 papers in refereed journals, including Science, Nature Physics, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, and Nano Letters. Dr. Shvets was a Department of Energy Postdoctoral Fellow in 1995-96. According to the ISI Web of Science, his work was cited over 7,000 times, giving him an h-factor of 45. He was a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2000. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and Optical Society of America (OSA).Professor Shvets is one of the pioneers in the emerging field of plasmonic metamaterials, especially in the infrared part of the spectrum. He and his colleagues were the first to experimentally implement the concept of the Infrared Perfect Lens based on polaritonic materials (SiC), and the first to experimentally investigate optical properties of the so-called hyperbolic metamaterials that enable the propagation of sub-diffraction light waves. His most recent work deals with the applications of metamaterials and plasmonics to infrared light generation and harvesting, concentrated solar energy and thermo-photovoltaic systems, biosensing and molecular fingerprinting of proteins and live cells using metamaterial arrays, optical imaging with sub-diffraction resolution using nanoparticle labels, photonic topological insulators, graphene-based metamaterials, and electron beam-driven metamaterials. He is particularly interested in the integration of metamaterials and metasurfaces with various applications-specific platforms such as microfluidics, and in developing metamaterials-inspired devices that utilize non-traditional active, nonlinear, and low-loss materials such as graphene, quantum dots, silicon, and silicon carbide. Prof. Shvets is also a leader in the fields of advanced accelerator science and theoretical laser-plasma interactions, with specific emphasis on laser-plasma accelerators. His signature accomplishments include the inventions of the parametric laser compression in plasmas, of the electron self-injection into evolving plasma "bubbles," and of the synergistic laser-wakefield and direct-laser acceleration in the plasma bubble regime.

I was drawn to physics by the elegance and symmetry we perceive at the most fundamental levels of the universe. As an undergraduate physics major, I discovered that the same beauty we apprehend in cosmology and the theory of general relativity, is close at hand in the everyday world of atoms and in how they combine to form the modern materials of solar cells and touchscreens.

This area of electrical engineering focuses on devices and systems that process and deliver electric energy. It includes the broad topics of electromechanics, design and operation of large electric power and energy systems, magnetic and electric energy conversion methods, the application of electronic devices at high power levels, and alternative energy. Courses in this area cover concepts such as renewable electric energy systems, electric machines, power transmission and distribution, transformers, electronic motor controllers, and switching power converters. The physics of these devices as well as their mathematical models are studied and used to predict the behavior of the devices and to design systems that use them. Other courses in the area examine the overall performance of large systems. An example is the electric power system in North America, which consists of billions of power devices, and which must be analyzed and controlled for safe, consistent, reliable operation under all possible conditions. Operators of large power systems need tools to explore "what if..." questions and then plan to react in cases of failure. This is called reliability assessment. Additional applications of devices and electromagnetic fields are studied in advanced courses. Solar electric panels, hybrid cars, electronic motor controllers, computer power supplies, and backup power units are common applications of power electronics. Rapid advances in computer technology have made it possible to apply parallel processing techniques to large system simulation. The development and integration of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are producing broad challenges and opportunities. The fast pace of change will continue to challenge engineers in this field. 041b061a72


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