Frenkel Foundation Fellowships

The Peter J. Frenkel Fellowships recognize outstanding graduate research in energy efficiency by students who have reached advanced doctoral candidacy.

These fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the Peter J. Frenkel Foundation. These highly competitive awards recognize outstanding graduate research in energy or energy efficiency, one student per an academic year, who has advanced to doctoral candidacy. The award is administered through a quarterly stipend of $1,000, for a total amount of $4,000. This award is meant to be additive to the student’s existing funding, but may also be used in cases where support for the student has been exhausted towards the end of his or her candidacy.

Nominations for the 2017-18 academic year are no longer being accepted. The nomination process typically begins in July of each year. 

Frenkel Foundation Fellows

Jiahao Kang
Jiahao Kang |
Electronics & Photonics

Jiahao Kang is a PhD candidate in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. His dissertation is involving ultra energy-efficient and low-power electronics using 2D layered materials, and is being completed under the supervision of Professor Kaustav Banerjee.

Megan Butala |
Production & Storage

Megan Butala is a PhD candidate in the Materials Department. Her dissertation is about electrochemical energy storage in conversion materials, and is being completed under the supervision of Professor Ram Seshadri.

Sang Ho Oh |
Lighting

Sang Ho Oh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His dissertation is on white lighting devices based on semipolar III-Nitride semiconductor materials and is being completed under the supervision of Professor Steven DenBaars.

Emmett Perl |
Electronics & Photonics

Emmett Perl is a PhD candidate in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. His dissertation is on improving the efficiency of multijunction solar cells for concentrator photovoltaic systems and is being completed under the supervision of Professor John Bowers.

Chris Proctor |
Production & Storage

Chris Proctor is a PhD candidate in the Materials Department. His dissertation is on solution processed small molecule photovoltaics and is being completed under the supervision of Professor Thuc-Quyen Nguyen.

John W. Simpson-Porco |
Building & Design

John Simpson-Porco is a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department. His dissertation is on nonlinear and distributed control strategies in microgrids and on power system voltage stability, under the supervision of Professor Francesco Bullo.

Ben Curtin |
Electronics & Photonics

Ben Curtin is a PhD candidate in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. His dissertation is on the use of silicon nanowires in thermoelectric materials and is being completed under the supervision of Professor John Bowers.

Kristin Denault |
Lighting

Kristin Denault is a PhD candidate in the Materials Department. Her dissertation is on inorganic phosphors for solid state white lighting applications and is being completed under the supervision of Professor Ram Seshadri.

Mingzhi Lu |
Electronics & Photonics

Mingzhi Lu is a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  He is completing his dissertation on the use of optical phase-locked loops in coherent optical receivers under the supervision of Professor Larry Coldren.

Chris Takacs |
Production & Storage

Chris Takacs is a candidate in the Physics Department. His dissertation is on long-range organic photovoltaics and is being completed under the supervision of Professor Alan Heeger.

Florian Dorfler |
Building & Design

Florian Dorfler is a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering department. He is completing his dissertation on the Synchronization of Power Networks under the supervision of Professor Francesco Bullo.

Alexander Sztein |
Production & Storage

Alexander Sztein is a PhD candidate in the Materials Department. His dissertation is on III-Nitride Materials for Thermoelectric Applications and is being completed under the supervision of Professor Shuji Nakamura.

Susmit Biswas |
Electronics & Photonics
Carl Neufeld |
Electronics & Photonics