Winners announced in the 2019 Kraus Memorial Graduate Student Poster Competition
Advancements in solar cell materials and design were highlighted this year by winner of the 2019 John D. and Alice Kraus Memorial Graduate Student Poster competition.
Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) graduate student Daniel Lepkowski won first place for his research, “Progress toward >30% efficient III-V/Si Tandem Photovoltaics," which focuses on low-cost, high efficiency solar panels.
Lepkowski is advised by ECE Professor Steve Ringel and ECE/Materials Science Engineering Assistant Professor Tyler Grassman.
The poster competition showcases annual innovations and research by some of the best and brightest ECE graduate students at The Ohio State University.
Second place winner, Lucas Newton, presented his research, “Reconfigurable Multiband FarIR Filter Employing Phase Change Material,” which deals in utilizing vanadium dioxide for microsystems in computing and information storage.
Newton is advised by ECE Research Assistant Professor Niru Nahar.
In third place, Tyler Nagy presented, “Periodic Poling of Lithium Niobate Thin Films for Integrated Nonlinear Optics,” which highlights photonic integrated circuits with applications in sensing, quantum computing and secure communications.
Nagy is advised by ECE Professor Ronald Reano.
Qudsia Tahmina, assistant professor of practice at Ohio State Marion campus, organized the event this year. In total, she said, 14 graduate student finalists presented posters at the competition. The competition was judged by six faculty and two alumni members from the department.
The event coincided with the second day of the ECE Graduate Student Orientation held at Dreese Labs. More than 100 new graduate students begin their 2019 semester next week.
Consistently ranked among the best in the nation, the Ohio State ECE program provides superior training for students and groundbreaking research at the frontier of high technology. ECE faculty, researchers and students engineer solutions to problems in diverse fields, from biotechnology to nanotechnology and beyond. Electrical engineers find innovative ways to use electricity, electric materials, as well as electrical and magnetic phenomena, to empower society. Computer engineers design systems, both hardware and software, to create new technology and meet societal needs.
Story by Ryan Horns, ECE/IMR Communications Specialist