IN 2020 RESF IS GIVING FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS, ONE FOR AN EARLY UNDERGRADUATE, ONE FOR A LATE UNDERGRADUATE, ONE FOR AN EARLY GRADUATE STUDENT, AND ONE UNRESTRICTED

2019 UNDERGRADUATE WINNER
ISHAAN BHIMANI

Ishaan is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington pursuing his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in sustainable power systems. He is involved with the EcoCar Mobility Challenge competition, in which he and other University of Washington students design prototypical hybrid-electric cars to compete in a variety of events. Furthermore, he has developed software for a company called Astrolabe Analytics to accelerate battery innovation by automating critical tasks. In addition to his engineering activities, Ishaan engages in activism for renewable energy. He helps lead a campaign encouraging the University of Washington, Seattle, campus to rely exclusively on renewable energy, and he recently helped organize and spoke in two press conferences across western Washington, advocating for clean energy legislation for the state. Ishaan sees climate change as the most pressing issue of his generation, and he hopes to pursue a career in developing sustainable power systems and integrating renewable energies into the grid to combat climate change.

2019 GRADUATE WINNER
co-SIR FRASER STODDART SCHOLAR
KATHRYN CORP


Kathryn graduated with her PhD in chemistry from the University of Washington in the fall of 2019 and moved to Berkeley, CA to start her career as a Senior Engineer at Opus 12. Opus 12 is a spin-out from research done at Stanford University and was grown at Cyclotron Road (a business accelerator at Berkeley National Lab). Opus 12 converts CO2 into commodity chemicals – turning pollution and waste into a profit stream and cleaner air. Kathryn is thrilled to be putting her chemistry degree to use in a field that will have a huge impact on the climate for future generations.

2019 GRADUATE WINNER
co-SIR FRASER STODDART SCHOLAR
MICHAEL ENRIGHT


Michael is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with Prof. Ralph Nuzzo on the development of luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). LSCs are luminophore embedded waveguides capable of collecting sunlight across a wide area and concentrating it onto smaller solar cells for energy conversion. Unlike conventional solar cells, LSCs do not require solar tracking as they have omnidirectional absorption and demonstrate similar performance under diffuse and direct light conditions. Michael is developing strategies to maximize luminophore performance through synthesis of quantum dot heterostructures with broad visible region absorbance coupled with a downconverted, bright, near infrared emission. Michael is part of a project team striving to develop LSCs for building-integrated photovoltaic applications. Previously, he earned his doctorate in inorganic chemistry with Prof. Brandi Cossairt at the University of Washington in June 2019 for his work on the Synthesis of Colloidal Semiconductor Heterostructures. Michael first developed his interests in renewable energy research and chemistry as an undergraduate at Ripon College in Wisconsin.

2019 HONORABLE MENTION

This year we were blessed with a large number of truly outstanding applicants.  In addition to the above winners, the following students also were the subjects of heated discussion and could easily have won one of the scholarships.  We look forward to equally good applicants in future years, including, we hope, these great students.

UNDERGRADUATES

     




Ryan Hagmann 



Western Washington University 
 Daniel Kelly Southern Oregon University  
 Anton Resing University of Washington  



Eden Rivers 



University of Washington  

GRADUATE STUDENTS

 



Ashley Berninghaus



Oregon State University  




Erin Peiffer 




Oregon State University 
 



Brian Pinkard




University of Washington 



Elizabeth Rasmussen 



University of Washington 
 



Ali Trueworthy




Oregon State University 




 Zachary Taie
 



Oregon State University