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

Maurice Filo |
Building & Design

Acoustic sensing, actuation and feedback control for real-time monitoring and use in microgeneration and micro Combined Heat and Power (CHP) settings.

Asad Ismail |

Reducing energy cost in data centers through building a wireless facilities network to monitor energy consumptions of various components, and reducing energy of data transmissions in smartphones by intelligently selecting and configuring the radio in use. 

Natalie Larson |
Production & Storage

Design, synthesis and characterization of high temperature SiC-based ceramic composites, which can enable higher operating temperatures with consequent increases in thermal efficiency as well as reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Rebecca Reitz |
Production & Storage

Fundamental investigation of the mechanisms controlling microstructure evolution in novel ceramic matrices synthesized by hybrid approaches, and application of the emerging understanding to design SiC based composites with self-healing attributes and higher temperature capabilities for improved fuel efficiency and reduced environmental impact.

Minh Tran |
Electronics & Photonics

Investigating the integration of ultralow loss waveguides with hybrid silicon lasers and photodetectors for novel sensing devices.

Wennie Wang |

Studying loss mechanisms and devising solutions to overcome these limitations in solid-state lighting.