By Mark Dwortzan
MSE PhD student Meliha Gozde Rainville is one of only 100 US graduate students invited to attend the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to explore the nation’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. This year’s conference will meet in Washington, DC on February 9-11.
Now in its sixth year, the Summit offers a unique, three-day program of talks, seminars and networking events aimed at moving disruptive energy technologies out of the lab and into the market. Comprised of top technical, business and policy students from leading institutions who intend to work in the energy sector, the 100 invited graduate students learn about new energy initiatives, participate in a student-focused panel and breakout sessions, and network with corporate recruiters.
“Participating in the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit will give me an opportunity to access the latest improvements in energy technology, and to meet with different leaders from academia, business and government,” said Rainville. “The conference will also help me in my transition to business life, where I can combine my engineering background and passion for clean energy and sustainability.”
At Boston University, Rainville is using variety of X-ray techniques to improve our understanding of fundamental surface processes during thin film growth, an enabling technology for cheaper, faster and smaller electronic devices, including photovoltaic systems.
ARPA-E is the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, a US government agency focused on advancing research and development of advanced energy technologies.
Cheryl Stewart, MSE/SE, contributed to this article.