into Creative Juices
The Notre Dame Energy Center has
named five recipients of the 2007 Slatt Fellowship. They
are Joseph Basconi, Patrick Brown, Shawn
Coleman, Kyle Kron, and Felipe
Witchger. Created by Christopher Slatt (B.S.,
EE ’80) and Jeanine Slatt, in honor of his father Vincent
P. Slatt (B.S., EE 43), the fellowship supports undergraduate
research, up to $5,000, in the field of energy systems and
processes for hands-on projects.
Selected projects, which
began this summer, cover a wide range of topics. For example,
Basconi, a sophomore in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular
Engineering, is studying the impact of Daylight Saving Time
on energy consumption in Indiana.
Brown, a sophomore, is
investigating single-wall carbon nanotube-based photochemical
solar cells. He is focusing on the desired properties necessary
for harvesting light energy.
Coleman is working on first-principle prediction of active
sites for catalytic hydrogenation. His findings will help
provide insight into the development of improved catalytic
materials and processes. Coleman is a sophomore studying
chemical and biomolecular engineering.
Kron, a sophomore
in aerospace and mechanical engineering, is performing finite
element analyses of SIC-Si3N4 nanoceramic composites for
high-temperature structural applications, such as earth and
space-based power generation systems.
A junior, Witchger’s
project studies biofuel development and sustainability in
Latin America. Witchger is pursuing energy studies and economics.