SEIGERT Members


Jim moore

Jim Moore
IGERT Fellow
Graduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering
E-mail: moore32@purdue.edu

Jim Moore is a graduate student at Purdue University and he works in Professor Mark Lundstrom’s research group where he studies solar cell device physics, particularly concerning electrical characterization and numerical modeling techniques. Recently, he has also worked in collaboration with Prof. Rakesh Agrawal in applying these techniques to CIGS solar cells.

wei Chang

Wei-Chang (David) Yang
IGERT Fellow
Graduate Student in Chemical Engineering
E-mail: wcyang@purdue.edu

Wei-Chang Yang is a graduate researcher focusing on nanocrystal based photovoltaic materials. He received the B.S. and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan. His current research spans the development of low-cost photovoltaic devices and the TEM analysis of copper zinc tin sulfide nanocrystals.

Bryce Walker

Bryce Walker
IGERT Fellow
Graduate Student in Chemical Engineering
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2009 cum laude
E-mail: walker70@purdue.edu

Perhaps the greatest challenge of each generation has been to provide a way to harvest the energy necessary for civilization to grow. Our generation's problem is no different than what faced people before the internal combustion engine, the steam engine, the water wheel, or even the animal harness. I believe that the next step will be renewable energy, and since all renewable energy ultimately comes from the sun, they are all solar energy. Solar energy has fascinated me since my first solar-powered calculator. Having a source of "free" energy that can be used for progress is the reason why I am studying this field.

Hye-Yeon Park
Associate IGERT Fellow
Graduate Student in Chemical Engineering
E-mail: park278@purdue.edu

Hye-Yeon Park is a member of Solar Energy Research Group in Purdue University. She has been interested in renewable energy source. Previously she has worked on fuel cells such as PEMFC and SOFC and currently she is working on thin film solar cells.

Dharik Mallapragada
Associate IGERT Fellow
Graduate Student in Chemical Engineering
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras India
E-mail: walker70@purdue.edu

For our generation and future generations to enjoy the same energy intensive lifestyles that most of us currently take for granted, the "Terawatt" scale energy problem presenting itself in front of us must be solved. The "inefficient" use of energy in our daily lives will no longer be viable and we can already see it happening in improved cars, lighting, power plants etc. In addition, from the current state of research and development there appears to be no single silver bullet to bite. Given the limited supply of resources, it is important to systematically identify those emerging technologies with a potential to be applicable in the long term. My interest keenly lies in developing a holistic view of the energy challenge and to understand systematic ways of tackling individual subsystems.

Eric O'Rear

Eric O'Rear
IGERT Fellow

Eric is currently a third-year Ph.D. student in the Agricultural Economics Department at Purdue University, specializing in the area of Production Economics. His research is focused on climate change and the implications of associated policies on the global economy. His research interests also include the role climate change plays in developments made in solar energy, as well as the economic feasibility of these innovative projects and ideas.

Grayson Ford

Grayson Ford
Associate IGERT Fellow

I grew up skateboarding and surfing in California.  Upon entering my senior year in UC Santa Barbara’s chemical engineering program, I began to wonder, as most seniors do, what I should do with my degree?  I was always interested in learning, so graduate school held a certain appeal, but in what area?  I began reading more about solar energy which was especially enticing due to its overwhelming abundance.  Research breakthroughs in this field would lead to significant quality of life improvements for everyone, so it definitely qualified as being an ‘important’ area to study.  Plus, I would be able to learn more about materials science and electronics, which appealed to general desire to understand how things work.  One of my favorite sayings that shaped my decision to go to graduate school is, “The more you learn, the more you realize how much more there is to learn.”  I decided to study solar energy and, upon meeting Prof Agrawal, knew that Purdue University was the place to earn my Ph.D.  If you are searching for me here, you can find me in my lab or dreaming about my eventual return to Cali. 

Kevin Brew

Kevin Brew
Associate IGERT Fellow

Nathaniel Carter

Nathaniel Carter
Associate IGERT Fellow

 Erik Sheets

Erik Sheets
Associate IGERT Fellow

 Chuck Hages

Chuck Hages
Associate IGERT Fellow

Curtis Walkons

Curtis Walkons
Associate IGERT Fellow
Graduate Student in Physics
University of Delaware


 Brandon Aquirre

Brandon Aquirre
IGERT Fellow
Graduates student in Chemical Engineering
University of Texas El Paso


Damian Maruffo

Damian Maruffo
IGERT Fellow
Graduates student in Chemical Engineering
University of Texas El Paso


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