CFES is proactive in encouraging science study through outreach to secondary schools in the vicinity of RPI and through national programs to promote scientific training.
IGERT is the National Science Foundation's flagship interdisciplinary training program, educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers by building on the foundations of their disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary training. At the Center for Future Energy Systems, several doctoral students funded by this program are pursuing research in Fuel Cell Manufacturing, Materials Development, and Modeling.
Fuel cells have the potential of becoming one of the key solutions to meeting our energy requirements over the next century. These high-efficiency and environmentally friendly power generators are being developed for transportation, stationary, and portable applications. But to fully realize their potential, the interrelated issues of reliability, performance, durability, and cost must be addressed. In this program, graduate students are being educated to do just that.
The intellectual merit and research focus for this IGERT program is fuel cell manufacturing, materials development, and modeling for design, manufacturing, and operation. Because innovation, small companies, and entrepreneurial activities have been drivers of job growth, the educational focus is on the development of Ph.D. students with both depth and breadth so that the students can operate effectively in interdisciplinary research, development, and commercial situations. The skills to be learned can be applied to any position or product, whether in industry, universities, or government labs. Faculty from six academic units (in engineering, science, and business) will educate Ph.D. students to become next-generation thinkers through education and training in four interrelated skill sets:
CFES is actively working with New York community colleges and four-year colleges to make scientific energy studies available to their students. This is part of our ongoing commitment to cultivate scientific study and workforce development for the energy industry in New York State.
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