Center for Materials, Devices and Integrated Systems Seminar
March 15 (Wednesday), 2023, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Via Webex, password: 12345
“Fellowship Experience at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office”
by: David Ung and Larkin Sayre
ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellows
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have multiple fellowship/internship programs that provide opportunities for highly talented scientists and engineers to support DOE’s mission. The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is a technology office within DOE that drives research, manufacturing, and market solutions to make the abundant solar energy resources in the United States more affordable and accessible for Americans. This talk will share details about the ORISE Fellowship experience and what type of work the Fellowship participants support at SETO.
Dr. David Ung is an ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). He joined SETO in January 2021 and works on the Manufacturing and Competitiveness team. Prior to joining SETO, David received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Washington in 2020. His research focused on developing electrocatalytic nanomaterials for hydrogen evolution. While pursuing this degree, he had the opportunity to work as a technical advisor for a group of angel investors, which sparked his interest in working with cleantech startups. He received his B.S. in chemistry in 2014 from the University of California San Diego, where he studied molecular electrocatalysts for carbon dioxide reduction.
Dr. Larkin Sayre is an ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). She joined SETO in January 2023 and works on the Photovoltaics team. Prior to joining SETO, Larkin earned her Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Cambridge in 2022. She also holds an MPhil degree in energy technologies from the University of Cambridge and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her graduate work in Professor Louise Hirst's group focused on developing ultra-thin single-junction GaAs solar cells with enhanced radiation tolerance for space power applications. While at MIT, she focused on machining and manufacturing and was an apprentice in the Pappalardo Lab.