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Research


 

As energy demands continue to rise, generation, harvesting, and storage methods must diversify to ensure a full expanse of sources are incorporated. Projections show that traditional sources will begin to see a decline in consumption while non-traditional sources such as renewables (solar, wind, hydro, thermal) will be the fastest growing energy source over the next 30 years [1]. Though many renewable energy systems exist, the full abundance of thermal energy is not fully harvested. My research investigates the usage of thermal management to generate or harvest electrical energy and store thermal energy.

 

I focus on thermal sciences and energy systems concentrating on using thermal management techniques to harvest energy and increase the reliability of renewable and electronic systems. My previous research investigated the mitigation of thermally induced failure in superconducting coils [2]. Through finite element analysis (FEA), I was able to determine the electro-thermo-mechanical effects of using alternative insulation materials, which led to the award of a Phase II STTR. This work initialized my aspiration to use non-traditional, multi-physical methods to solve thermal problems. My experiences at NASA, Ford Motor Company, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and General Electric Global Research afford me the unique opportunity to focus on thermal management from a multi-physical approach. My goal is to use thermal management and optimization to design solutions for electronic and renewable energy systems that create secondary energy opportunities.

 

Learn more about my research interests by clicking a link below!

Superconductivity

Thermomagnetics

Phase Change Materials Composites for Dynamic Thermal Management

Diversification of Engineering Through a Womanist Approach

 

 

 

[1]       U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2018, Annual Energy Outlook 2018.

[2]       Phillips, M. R., Chan, W. K., and Schwartz, J., 2015, “Enhanced Quench Protection in REBa 2Cu3Oδ-7 -Based Coils by Enhancing Three-Dimensional Quench Propagation via Thermally Conducting Electrical Insulation,” IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond., 25(5).