Holbrook Foundation Fellowships

The Holbrook Foundation Fellowships are made possible through the generous support of George and Tara Holbrook.  These fellowships for entering graduate students are intended as top-off awards designed to assist our faculty in drawing outstanding prospects with a research focus in energy efficiency to UC Santa Barbara.

The goal of the Institute is to name one student from each of our six Solutions Groups per academic year.  The award provides a quarterly stipend, which is additive to the student’s existing funding over the recipient’s first year.  The award also provides a paid summer Graduate Student Research position.  Additional fellowship benefits include participation in select Institute events, including meetings with select visiting speakers.  It is required that fellows give a short seminar during the academic year.

Awardees are selected by a committee comprised of the Solutions Group Heads, Institute Director and Associate Director. 

Holbrook Foundation Fellows

Nicole Sophie Michenfelder-Schauser |
Production & Storage

Nicole is a first year PhD student with the Materials Department under the direction of Ram Seshadri. She is interested in electrochemistry and rechargeable energy storage materials and she will be working to develop affordable and reliable energy storage for climate change mitigation.

Andrew Netherton |
Electronics & Photonics

Andrew will begin his first year as a PhD student with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He is interested in low power silicon photonics and optoelectronics and will be working on hybrid silicon photonic integrated circuit technologies.

Georgios Tzimpragos |

Georgios is a graduate student with the Computer Science Department under the direction of Timothy Sherwood. He is interested in digital design and computer architecture and he will be working with novel application specific hardware designs.

Yun Zhao |

Yun will begin his first year as a PhD student with the Computer Science Department under the direction of Heather Zheng. He is interested in the use of milimeter wave mobile commulication radios and he will be working to start a new line of projects on energy-efficient mobile computing.