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August 20, 2019 | Amir Kader

Being able to be a part of the Bao Group so far has been an illuminating experience for me both academically and personally. I am fortunate enough to learn from some of the most accomplished professionals in their respective fields and am grateful to SUPER for this opportunity.

The project that my mentor Snehashis Choudhury (Sneh) and I have been working on attempts to design a solid-state electrolyte for lithium-metal batteries.... more

August 20, 2019 | Antone Cruz

I’m currently working in the Cargnello Lab with PhD student Angel Yang on synthesizing and testing Pt bimetallic alloys for catalysis in propane combustion. Most of my time in the lab is spent under a fume hood running reactions to prepare my nanoparticles. I have already learned more chemical techniques and procedures through four weeks in the lab than I did in a year of general and organic chemistry classes. I imagined my research would... more

August 19, 2019 | Daniella Grimberg – Class of 2022

Research Mentors: Michael Machala, Sally Benson
Prospective Major: Computer Science 

This summer, through the SUPER program, I embarked on my first research experience. I have been working under Professor Sally Benson’s lab with my mentor Michael Machala and in collaboration with CEEW, a non-profit research institution in India, to develop a research project aiming to help economic development in Rural India post... more

August 6, 2019 | Chloe Leblanc

Electrical Engineering, class of 2020

This summer I have been working for the PowerNet lab, focusing on energy distribution in the grid. The rise of solar panels and electric vehicles on the market has challenged the traditional model of energy distribution. Residential PV panels send electricity back to the grid, while electric vehicles cause dramatic peaks in electricity demand. Energy producers are now on the lookout for ways to... more

August 6, 2019 | SUPER student, class of 2022

Hi energy enthusiasts,

Let me begin with how studying energy opens a door to many worlds and possibilities for me. Because energy is so integrated into our world that you can end up doing fieldwork outside, or sit in an office to analyze information. Energy even gives you the flexibility to become a politician, an engineer or even an activist if you want to. At first, I was about to do a project on how to tackle the issue of energy... more

July 30, 2019 | Carlos Ciudad-Real

The energy landscape is changing rapidly and one of the reasons for this change is the economics of emerging, low-carbon technologies. Low-carbon technologies are often energy efficient and are associated with cost savings because of this. Unfortunately, they also often have high upfront costs which changes how people view them. All of this is true of one low-carbon technology in particular – the electric bus.

The cost structure of an... more

July 24, 2019 | Akua McLeod

This summer, I’m working in the Stanford University Power Electronics Research Lab, coincidentally called the SUPERLab, with Professor Juan Rivas-Davila. The SUPERLab focuses on discovering new, meaningful, and exciting applications for high frequency power converters, by designing converters that are smaller and more efficient than the status quo.  So far, SUPERLab researchers have found novel approaches to a wide range of issues - picture... more