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Kenneth Schmieder awarded Bill N. Baron Fellowship

Kenneth Schmieder

In recognition of his contribution to the renewable energy field, Kenneth Schmieder has been selected as a recipient of one of the 2012 Bill N. Baron Fellowship awards.

Ken, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering, came to the University of Delaware with a Master’s degree from Villanova University. His dissertation focuses on the application of predictive first-principles modeling of previously unexplored solar material systems and verification against experimental growth and device fabrication results. Ken has developed full III-V multijunction device fabrication recipes to predict and advance the ability to make better devices. In addition, he has applied advanced characterization techniques to novel two terminal and three terminal devices. Ken is a key investigator on an awarded international grant proposal.

Bill N. Baron served the University of Delaware and the photovoltaic community from 1975 to 1992 as a scientist, manager and deputy director at the Institute of Energy Conversion. Throughout his professional life Bill was especially interested in students and their education. He devoted many hours to teaching both graduates and undergraduates how to carry out creative and effective research in photovoltaics.

Bill’s family, colleagues and friends wanted to assure that students would continue to benefit from Bill’s concern about their education. To this end, the Bill N. Baron Fellowship was established.

The Bill N. Baron Fellowship is awarded to two graduate or recent graduate students from the University of Delaware who had or has a cumulative index of 3.0 or above. The nominees must be carrying out or have recently completed an exceptional piece of supervised research in engineering, science or energy policy in the renewable energy field with a strong preference for research emphasizing photovoltaics.

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