Stories about... POETS
April 26, 2017
The objective of the contest? To build a pizza-box solar oven that would heat up a marshmallow to the hottest temperature possible. And in a room full of talented, competitive engineering graduate students in town for POETS’ second annual NSF Site Visit, the challenge wasn’t so much the design itself. It was being one of the first teams to finish in order to get one of the coveted, optimal spots in front of a limited number of lights! But for the leaders of the April 19th grad student outreach event, the more salient objective was to replicate their love of outreach in the participating grad students with the goal of increasing the number of youngsters exposed to STEM in the future.
August 22, 2016
Most REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) participants have an opportunity to conduct research for 8–10 weeks during the summer. Their experience then culminates in a poster session—the highlight of the summer—which gives the undergrad the chance to hone his or her skills while creating a research poster and reporting results. However, POETS REU participant Sabrina Yin, a rising junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Illinois, is doing more than just a couple of months worth of research in the summer. Yin began working in researcher Nenad Miljkovic’s Energy Transport Research Lab in March, participated in the REU this summer, and will continue her research in the lab this fall and beyond. “This research project that I’m working on will run for another two years approximately. So I’ll be staying in the lab to help out with the research,” she explains.
POETS Seeks to Change the Attitudes, Shape of Students in the STEM Pipeline
March 18, 2016
Andrew Alleyne, PI of the NSF-funded Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal System (POETS), says the Center’s educational components are “all hypothetical at this point” and just “plans in people’s heads.” However, his plans and those of POETS’ Co-Directors of Education, Fouad Abd-el-Khalick (K-12 students) and Phil Klein (undergraduate/ graduate students), and Education Coordinator Joe Muskin appear to be well thought out and seek to strategically strengthen the education of targeted populations along the STEM pipeline.
POETS, New NSF Center at Illinois, Poised to Revolutionize Electro-Thermal Systems
October 19, 2015
"The new Center...uniting expertise across disciplines, will focus research on what truly is possible and achievable rather than working within the limitations of what currently exists. And what better place to do it than the University of Illinois?” –University of Illinois President Timothy Kileen
Marking the official beginning of the $18.5 million, NSF-funded POETS (Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems) Engineering Research Center, National Science Foundation (NSF) and University leaders, POETS collaborators, and interested members of the University community attended the October 15, 2015 “Kickoff Event.” Headed up by PI Andrew Alleyne, Ralph & Catherine Fisher Professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering, the Center’s goal is to improve the power density of next generation electro-thermal systems.