Nathan Seidle and Alicia Gibb are challenging students to stretch their engineering and design skills to solve a real-world problem in an environment that lets them feel like secret agents for the semester.
Co-founded by Robert Erickson of ECEE and Kala Majeti of CU Boulder’s Technology Transfer Office, BREK will use the grant funds to develop the world’s first compact 250 kilowatt (kW) solar string inverter.
Two faculty members in electrical, computer and energy engineering have won grants from the U.S. Department of Education to train students with the skills needed to design high-tech materials, and the ability to teach those skills to others.
Professor Lucy Pao is leading the project as part of a project funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. It aims to solve several issues that have limited the potential of turbines to this point, including the need for ever larger stiff blades to increase power output.