Kurtz Earns Highest Standing in Worldwide Electrical Engineering Group

In recognition of her contributions to photovoltaic gadgets and programs reliability, Professor Sarah Kurtz has been elevated to a Fellow within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Fellow is the very best grade of membership within the IEEE, a world group of engineers and scientists in electrical engineering, electronics and allied fields. The IEEE publishes the Journal of Photovoltaics (for which Kurtz is on the advisory board) and different journals.

Annually, the IEEE Fellow Committee follows a rigorous analysis process and recommends fewer than 0.1% of its voting members for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Kurtz has been an IEEE member for about 30 years.

“I’ve been extra engaged with the IEEE than with every other skilled group in my profession. Thus, being designated a Fellow is especially significant and well timed as I’ve simply labored with a gaggle of college members to create a level program at UC Merced for electrical engineers,” she stated.

“As with being a Fellow for many organizations, there may be an expectation that I’ll assist write nominations and assessment nominations for brand new Fellows,” she stated of her new standing throughout the group. “The IEEE additionally appreciates when the Fellows serve on numerous panels and take part in IEEE actions.”

After working for greater than 30 years on the Nationwide Renewable Vitality Laboratory in Golden, Colo., Kurtz joined the Division of Supplies Science and Engineering in 2017 and is the division chair and the graduate program chair. Her lab is affiliated with UC Photo voltaic, and he or she focuses her analysis on renewable vitality points together with efficiency, reliability and enhancements in each photovoltaic programs and the grids they feed into.

She and her six graduate college students and a number of undergraduates are engaged on a mission funded by the California Vitality Fee to review the worth of long-duration vitality storage; on a mission funded by Winston Cone Optics to characterize the efficiency of photo voltaic thermal programs; on a mission funded by Caelux to quantify efficiency of their perovskite modules; and are beginning new initiatives to develop photo voltaic canals as a part of Venture Nexus funded by California’s Division of Water Sources in partnership with Turlock Irrigation District and Photo voltaic AquaGrid and a second photo voltaic canal mission funded by way of the CalTestBed program.

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