Providing an Environment for Project-Based Education

CEET does not have a formal education plan or mission. However, it contributes to the education of graduate and undergraduate students by providing an environment where students can participate in leading-edge research. Students are active members of the research team, provide substantial contributions to the research effort, and promote the Center's research at international conferences.

Since its inception, CEET research efforts have funded or are over funding 11 MS students, 19 PhD students, 8 undergraduate students and one high school student. Support was also provided to two postdoctoral fellows. Details of the students, their project and funding sources are provided in Appendix C.

As the footprint of the Center grows, and projects of a more multidisciplinary nature are funded, it may become possible, and indeed desirable, to formalize the educational offerings of the Center with a certificate program. In this, students would take courses that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of their work in emerging energy fields, by taking advantage of offerings from the departments associated with the Center. For example, courses in photovoltaics and distributed power systems offered by the Electrical and Computer Engineering department could be combined with courses in electrochemistry in Chemical Engineering and courses in& Materials and Mechanics in Mechanical Engineering, to give the student a broad view from basic science to applications in the field. While students would still graduate in their home departments, they would obtain additional qualifications that would set them apart in a competitive job environment.