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CAES November 2022 Newsletter

TEM Ribbon Cutting Nov 7, 2022 at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) HQ in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to celebrate the addition of cutting-edge equipment that significantly strengthens the advanced materials research capabilities available to Idaho National Lab (INL) and the CAES universities.

A new scanning transmission electron microscope, a ThermoFisher FEI Spectra 300, serves as the centerpiece of CAES’s Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS), while a new 3D metal printer was recently installed in CAES’s new Advanced Manufacturing Suite. The printer, an Open Additive PANDA, is capable of printing structural nuclear materials.

This new equipment increases the opportunities for collaboration with INL in several mission areas and complements INL’s advanced manufacturing strategy.

The event will be held November 7 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. There will be an opportunity to meet with researchers from other universities. The ribbon cutting ceremony will last approximately one-half hour and will begin at 3 pm.

CAES of the Year Awards Presented

Last month at our fall meeting we awarded the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) Faculty and Student of the Year Awards.

Professor Harish Subbaraman was awarded Faculty of the Year and Ellie Schlake was awarded Student of the year.

Harish Subbaraman receiving award

Professor Harish Subbaraman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and has engaged multiple programs and facilitated collaborations through CAES. He has had in incredible amount of research in 2022, most recently a collaboration with Penn State for Artificially Intelligent Additive Electronics Manufacturing for Extreme Environments.

Ellie Schlake has worked with NASA on reducing energy payload in space and was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Based on her work, NASA continued funding and extended BSU’s NASA EPSCoR.

Ellie Schlake holding award

The CAES Faculty and Student of the Year Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the mission of CAES. To be eligible, the faculty or student candidate should be a CAES Affliate, which means this person is either directly supported through CAES funds or has participated in research, education, or innovation projects involving two or more of the CAES Institutions.

Upcoming Events

Energy Policy Institute Power Talk – Electricity Infrastructure Resilience November 4, 2022, 1:30 pm MT Register Here

Energy Policy Institute Power Talk – Consent-based Siting in Nuclear Energy December 12th, 2022, 2 pm MT Register Here 

CAES REU Student and INL Research & Education Programs Lead Present at NSF Conference

Hannah and Dr. Fisher

Last month in Washington DC, Hillary Fishler, PhD, Idaho National Lab (INL) Research & Education Programs Lead and Hanna Skye Smith, Boise State University Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student participant, represented the CAES and Boise State University at the 2022 National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Education Centers Grantees Conference.

Dr. Fishler and Hannah presented on our program – BSU CAES REU – Advanced Manufacturing for a Sustainable Energy Future.  Dr. Fishler introduced her professional development and evaluation tools in a workshop for other program managers. Hannah was selected as one of 10 students in the nation to present their research.

Congratulations to Hannah and thank you to the program PIs, David Estrada and Brian Jaques PhD, PE.

More BSU CAES REU Information Here

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