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

Hassan Arbabi |
Building & Design

Hassan is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering Department. His research is focused on understanding fluid flows from a dynamical-systems perspective, with applications to oceanography, fluid mixing and biomedical sciences. His doctoral study is being supervised by Professor Igor Mezic.

Duanni Huang |
Electronics & Photonics

Duanni (Tony) Huang is a Ph.D student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests involve silicon photonics, with emphasis on magneto-optic devices that exhibit non-reciprocal propagation of light. He is supervised by Professor Bowers.

Bingzhe Liu |

Bingzhe is a PhD student interested in uncovering emerging threats about privacy and security and developing efficient defense techniques in Online Social Networks (OSNs) and crowdsourcing systems, based on measurement and modeling.

Joseph Palazzo |

Joseph Palazzo is a PhD student in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. His research focus is the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of low-carbon energy solutions and managerial practices in technology corporations based on LCA results.

Samaneh Sadri Irani |
Production & Storage

Samaneh is an Ms/PhD student in the mechanical engineering department. While her dissertation has yet to be specified, her research interests are fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Her B.Sc. thesis was about numerical simulation and design of an electrostatic precipitator.