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Rensselaer energy program fosters industry tie ups

Posted: 05 Jun 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:future energy systems? Energy Scholars Program? power systems?

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) has started a new Energy Scholars Program to foster research collaborations between undergraduate students and the industry.

Students accepted into the competitive program will be paired with a sponsor company to work on an energy-related research project for a full academic year. Along with mentorship from a professional at the sponsor company and a Rensselaer faculty adviser, students will receive a $3,500 scholarship plus an additional $500 to cover research materials and travel expenses.

"For students, the Energy Scholars Program is an excellent research experience that provides an opportunity for future internships, co-ops, or even employment with their sponsor companies," said Jian Sun, CFES director and professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer. "For our industrial partners, the Energy Scholars program is an opportunity to connect with the talent of Rensselaer students and faculty while building a strategic pipeline of highly trained, high-value future employees," Sun added.

Current industrial sponsors of the Energy Scholars program, and their research interests, are:

  • Blasch Precision CeramicsCeramic Materials and Devices for Energy Efficient Applications
  • CorningEnergy Storage for Grid Applications
  • Custom ElectronicsEnergy Storage Materials and Devices
  • GE EnergyMaximizing Wind Turbine Power Production and Efficiency in the Aftermarket; Advanced Emission Measurements and Reduction Technologies for Combined Cycle Power Plants
  • GE Global ResearchPower Conversion for Renewable Energy
  • National GridUtility-Scale Energy Storage
  • New York Power AuthorityPower Grid Monitoring and Control
  • CFES is the center of energy research at Rensselaer, where world-leading science and engineering researchers from all fields gather to collaborate on building a productive, more efficient future. With partners Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, the center's research thrusts range from nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage, to smart grids, fuel cells, solar, wind, and many other areas. More than 30 researchers and 45 students from Rensselaer, Cornell, and Brookhaven collaborate on CFES projects.

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