Innovation & Opportunity, September 2014

The Yale News recently profiled Minjoo Larry Lee, Ph.D. (RI A ’98), for being awarded a grant “to develop dual-junction solar cells that can operate efficiently at extreme temperatures above 750 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to converting a portion of the sunlight directly into electricity, the solar cells will use the remainder of the light to heat high-temperature fluids that can drive a steam turbine or be stored for later use.”

“Our project aims to make a photovoltaic device that can operate at temperatures as hot as the inside of a brick oven,” says Dr. Lee, who will collaborate on this project with Emcore Corporation and The National Renewable Energy Laboratory. “This is definitely high-risk research, as solar cells have never been run this hot, and they’ll need to be both reliable and efficient at that temperature for a long time. But the potential payoffs are huge.” Read the article for more


The Citadel is looking for a Provost and Dean of the College. According to the job listing, the appointment will be effective July 1, 2015. The Citadel is the Military College of South Carolina and is located in Charleston, SC. The Citadel offers rigorous academic programs through five schools: Business, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Science & Mathematics. “The Provost and Dean of the College is directly responsible to the President for all matters pertaining to the academic functions of the college and is the second-ranking official of The Citadel.”


Natalya A. Brikner, CA X ’09, is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT in the Space Propulsion Laboratory and CEO/Co-founder of Accion Systems. Her story was recently told by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Ms. Brikner battled through the difficulties associated with forming a start-up and at the same time managed to stay in school and work towards completing her doctoral studies.

Accion Systems is a company, “based on a breakthrough developed by the head of MIT’s Space Propulsion Lab,” that has developed “minute, efficient engines the size of a few stacked pennies. These thrusters would allow satellites to shrink while retaining vital maneuverability.” Click here for the article


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