Peter J. Frenkel Foundation Fellowships

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 by two students per academic year who have advanced to doctoral candidacy.

The award is administered through a quarterly stipend of $1000, for a total amount of $4000.  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.

2014-2015 Peter J. Frenkel Foundation Fellows

Chris Proctor
Production and Storage Solutions Group

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 and Design Solutions Group

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.

 

 

2013-2014 Peter J. Frenkel Foundation Fellows

Ben CurtinBen Curtin
Electronics and Photonics Solutions Group

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 DenaultKristin Denault
Lighting Solutions Group

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. 

 

 

 

2012-2013 Peter J. Frenkel Foundation Fellows

Mingzhi Lu
Electronics and Photonics Solutions Group

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 and Storage Solutions Group

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. 


2011-2012 Peter J. Frenkel Foundation Fellows

Florian Dorfler
Buildings and Design Solutions Group

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 and Storage Solutions Group

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. 

From left to right: Ingrid Koslow, 2010-2011 Frenkel Fellow, Lighting Solutions Group; Alex Sztein; donors Steve and Terri Frenkel; Florian Dorfler.

Applications for next year's Fellowship award will open in July of 2015. Please contact savannah [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Savannah Swartz) with any questions.

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