REU-POWER: Pathways Opening World Energy Resources
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The REU-POWER program provides rising sophomores, juniors and seniors with a 10-week summer-based experience working with professors from across the College of Engineering, engaged in research on topics pertaining to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Energy Challenge, which represents one of the 14 priority Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century. Topics of research cover broad ranges of research, including making Solar Energy more Economical to creating Energy from Fusion, and there is particular focus on transcending the barriers and overcoming the challenges to providing ample clean energy to citizens throughout the world.
We look at cultural perspectives from both wealthier first world nations, such as in the United States, as well as emphasizing third world nation concerns, particularly from countries in Africa.
Over the 10-week REU summer session, seminars, lab experiments, and mentoring at REU-POWER will combine scientific research perspectives with energy policy opinions and intra-cultural ethics perspectives on energy to build an excited cohort of students and mentors that will solve future world energy problems. REU-POWER will excite the undergraduate students to pursue careers and graduate studies in the energy fields. Specialized groups of students and faculty, unified by excitement to solve Grand Energy Challenges, will interact socially, intellectually, and professionally during the summer sessions.