Center for Power Optimization of Electro-thermal Systems

REU Student Profiles

Summer 2018

ERIC ALLEE

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Current University: San Antonio College

POETS Institution: University of Arkansas

POETS Research Group: Professors Yue Zhao, Fang Luo, David Huitink and Juan Balda

 

JULIO BANDA

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Current University: San Antonio College

POETS Institution: University of Arkansas

POETS Research Group: Professors Yue Zhao, Fang Luo, David Huitink and Juan Balda

 

LAURA BRANDT

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Current University: UC Berkeley

POETS Institution: Stanford University

POETS Research Group: Professor Debbie Senesky

 

KATTIA CHANG-KAM

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Current University: Cañada College

POETS Institution: Stanford University

POETS Research Group: Professors Eric Pop and Debbie Senesky

 

DANIEL HUERTA

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Current University: Texas A&M University

POETS Institution: University of Arkansas

POETS Research Group: Professor Chris Farnell

 

CHASE JOSEPH

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Current University: Virginia State University

POETS Institution: Howard University

POETS Research Group: Professor Sonya Smith

 

KWAN LIM

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Current University: Cañada College

POETS Institution: Stanford University

POETS Research Group: Professor Kenneth Goodson

 

ISAAC MEDINA

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Current University: San Antonio College

POETS Institution: University of Arkansas

POETS Research Group: Professors Yue Zhao, Fang Luo, David Huitink and Juan Balda

 

ALEXANDRA MOORE

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Current University: San Antonio College

POETS Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

POETS Research Group: Professor Nenad Miljkovic

 

FAVOUR OBUSEH

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Current University: University of Texas at San Antonio

POETS Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

POETS Research Group: Professor Paul Braun

 

DUSTIN PENSE

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Current University: University of Arkansas

POETS Institution: University of Arkansas

POETS Research Group: Professor David Huitink

 

ANDREW READER

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Current University: Kansas State

POETS Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

POETS Research Group: Professor Joseph Lyding

 

IAN RIVERA-COLON

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Current University: Interamerican University of Puerto Rico

POETS Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

POETS Research Group: Professor James Allison

 

JULIETTE ROBINSON

Current University: Foothills College

POETS Institution: Howard University

POETS Research Group: Professor Thomas Searles

 

YUEYING WU

YW

Current University: College of San Mateo

POETS Institution: Stanford University

POETS Research Group: Professor Debbie Senesky

 

 

Summer 2017

MICHAEL ALLEN

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Current University: University of Utah

POETS Institution: University of Arkansas

POETS Research Group: Professor Simon Ang

POETS Research Mentor: Errol Porter

Michael is a rising senior in Materials Science at the University of Utah, with minors in Nuclear Engineering and Chemistry. He spent last Summer at Northwestern University implementing new techniques for manufacturing polymer thin films, and is currently working with Dr. Ang and POETS to design power modules that can operate under exceptionally high temperatures. After the Summer, Michael will continue research at his home university focused on driving down the cost of manufacturing Cadmium Telluride solar cells. In his free time, Michael reads, runs, and goes to concerts.

 

JOHN ALUMBAUGH

Current University: University of Arkansas

POETS Institution: University of Arkansas

POETS Research Group: Professor Yarui Peng

 

ZACHARY BOLDS

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Current University: Tuskegee University

POETS Institution: Howard University

POETS Research Group: Professor Sonya Smith

POETS Research Mentor: Darryl Jennings

Zachary Bolds is a rising sophomore at Tuskegee University. He is majoring in mechanical engineering and plans on obtaining a PhD. Zachary is a part of the SGA Events Committee and NSBE. He wants to have his own engineering company or firm later in his career.

 

ALEXANDRA BRUEFACH

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Current University: Temple University

POETS Institution: Stanford University

POETS Research Group: Professor Debbie Senesky

POETS Research Mentor: Ananth Yalamarthy and Miguel Munoz-Rojo (Pop Lab)

Alex Bruefach is a rising senior at Temple University studying Chemistry and Biology. She is a MARC U* STAR Awardee, and has previously worked with Let’s Get Ready to mentor low-income students entering college in the Philadelphia area with the hope of easing the high school-college adjustment. Additionally, she is an executive board member of the Temple University Chemical Society (TUCS), one of the top ranked American Chemical Society chapters in the country. In the future, Alex plans to pursue a PhD in materials science and engineering.

 

ADAM CASTANEDA

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Current University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

POETS Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

POETS Research Group: Professor Nenad Miljkovic

POETS Research Mentors: Thomas Foulkes and Junho Oh

Adam is entering his senior year in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He enjoys rock climbing and building his own computers. Adam is very interested in learning more about heat transfer, as knows first hand how important it is with regard to high power computers and electronics.