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 Executive Director.
For more information, please contact savannah [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Savannah Swartz).
2015-2016 Holbrook Foundation Fellows:
|Peng Gu, Electrical and Computing Engineering Department, Computing Solutions Group
Peng is a first year Ph.D student in the SEALab (Scalable Energy Efficiency Architecture Lab) and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department under the direction of Professor Yuan Xie. With the aim of energy efficiency, Peng is interested in exploring how emerging technology and novel circuit & system architecture will boost the performance of computing.
|Joshua Bocarsly, Materials Department, Lighting Solutions Group
Joshua is a first year Ph.D student in the Materials Department. He is interested in materials for sustainable energy and is beginning his doctoral work by investigating magnetocaloric devices: materials that can be heated and cooled using magnetic fields. These materials have the potential to dramatically decrease the energy costs and environmental impacts of refrigeration. He is co-advised by professors Ram Seshadri and Stephen Wilson.
|Chao Xiang, Electronics and Photonics Solutions Group
Chao will begin his first year as a PhD student with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department under the direction of John Bowers. He is interested in the applications of Silicon Photonics and he will be working to reduce power consumption in optical fibers.
Akchheta Karki, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, Production and Storage Solutions Group
2014-2015 Holbrook Foundation Fellows:
Hassan Arbabi, Mechanical Engineering Department, Buildings & Design Solutions Group
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, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Electronics & Photonics Soultions Group
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, Computer Science Department, Computing Solutions Group
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, The Bren School, Sustainability Soultions Group
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
Samaneh Sadri Irani, Mechanical Engineering Department, Production & Storage Solutions Group
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.
2013-2014 Holbrook Foundation Fellows:
Filo, Mechanical Engineering Department, Buildings
and Design Solutions Group
Acoustic sensing, actuation and feedback control for real-time monitoring and use in microgeneration and micro Combined Heat and Power (CHP) settings.
Ismail, Computer Science Department, Computing Solutions
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.
Larson, Materials Department, Production and 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.
Reitz, Materials Department, Production and 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, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Electronics and
Photonics Solutions Group
Investigating the integration of ultralow loss waveguides with hybrid silicon lasers and photodetectors for novel sensing devices.
Wang, Materials Department, Lighting Solutions Group
Studying loss mechanisms and devising solutions to overcome these limitations in solid-state lighting.
2011-2012 Holbrook Foundation Fellows:
From Left to Right: John Bowers, Luke Gordon (2010-2011), Daryl Spencer (2010-2011),
George Holbrook, Alex Russel, Joe Bergesen, Lars Bjaalie, Luis Chen, and Louis Van Blarigan.
Not pictured: Yibo Zhu.