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CAES announces participants in Summer Visiting Faculty Program including four from ISU

April 2, 2020

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) Leadership team is pleased to announce the selected participants for the 2020 CAES Summer Visiting Faculty Program (CSVFP). Those participants include Idaho State University's Amir Ali, Daniel LaBrier, Anna McCarrey and Irene van Woerden.

In its third year, this collaborative program was created in 2018 to promote one-on-one partnerships and collaboration between university faculty and researchers at Idaho National Laboratory in order to create unified research teams to address critical issues in energy-related science and engineering.

CAES is a research, education, and innovation consortium consisting of Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the four public research universities of Idaho and Wyoming: Boise State University (BSU), Idaho State University (ISU), University of Idaho (UI), and University of Wyoming (UW). Students and researchers perform collaborative research at locations at all five institutions and at the 55,000 sq. ft. CAES building located in Idaho Falls. CAES harnesses the power of collaboration by leveraging the expertise, capabilities, and facilities between consortium members.

The CAES strategy calls for enabling one-on-one partnerships in order to build and sustain a research collaboration ecosystem in seven focus areas: nuclear energy; energy-water nexus; cybersecurity; advanced manufacturing; innovative energy systems; energy policy; and computing, data, and visualization. The CSVFP is one of the tools used to implement that strategy, providing the mechanism to facilitate the initial partnerships and requiring participants to develop a joint-funded research proposal for submission to DOE or other energy-focused federal and state agencies. If funded, the proposal will sustain the partnership for years. The program allows faculty members to learn about the inner workings of a national laboratory, its capabilities and expertise, and to build lasting networks. It gives INL researchers the opportunity to build new academic connections, access diversified funding sources, and connect with students supporting the faculty member. Students are involved throughout the process, thus training a new generation of energy-related scientists and engineers and providing the faculty-researcher connections that create a diverse pipeline for students to transition from university to employment at the national laboratory.

The annual program begins in May, when university faculty spend a week in residence at INL to brainstorm ideas with their INL counterparts and learn about capabilities, then return home and work remotely but collaboratively for two months on proposal writing. (Plans are under way this year to hold the kickoff week online rather than in person due to COVID-19.) Proposals are then presented remotely to an internal review panel, then revised over two weeks before faculty return to INL for presentations and networking.  The written proposals are submitted to the CAES Executive Board as a program deliverable, with the final proposal to be submitted later in the year in response to an appropriate funding opportunity announcement. 

Here are the participants for the 2020 CSVFP:

University Faculty

Institution

INL Researcher(s)

Focus Area

Dilpuneet Singh Aidhy

UW

Allen Roach

Nuclear energy

Amir Ali

ISU

SuJong Yoon and Piyush Sabharwall

Nuclear energy

Mike Borowczak

UW

Wayne Austad

Cybersecurity

Gaby Dagher

BSU

Charmaine Sample

Cybersecurity

Daniel LaBrier

ISU

Pattrick Calderoni

Nuclear energy

Hangtian Lei

UI

Tim McJunkin and Yusheng Luo

Cybersecurity

Anna McCarrey

ISU

Ron Boring and Tina Miyake

Nuclear energy

Nga Nguyen

UW

Rojan Bhattarai and Abhishek Banerjee

Innovative energy systems

Todd Otanicar

BSU

Aaron Wilson

Energy-water nexus

Beth (Behnaz) Rezaie

UI

Aaron Wilson

Energy-water nexus

Marion Scheepers

BSU

Katya LaBlanc

Cybersecurity

Irene van Woerden

ISU

Rae Moss

Energy policy

Xiang Zhang

UW

Wen Jiang and Benjamin Spencer

Advanced manufacturing

 For more information, contact Matthew Evans, 208-520-4763, matthew.evans@inl.gov

 


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