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Beth CheneySustainable Energy from Solar Hydrogen
University of DelawareNewark, DE
I attended the University of Connecticut for my undergraduate education and received a B.S. in chemical engineering and a B.A. in German studies in May 2008. This unique pairing of language and engineering took me to Frankfurt am Main, Germany to perform research during the summer of 2007. A student of the Honors program, my thesis topic pursued the optimization of the catalyst in PEM fuel cells. Working with fuel cells sparked my interest in alternative energy and ultimately led to my decision to further my education and strive towards a future that is no longer dependent on depleting resources. My decision to attend the University of Delaware for my PhD in chemical engineering was heavily influenced by the IGERT program. A program that focuses not only on developing new approaches to sustainable energy but also on addressing the social, economical, and political impacts of implementing these energy sources is an incredibly unique opportunity. I am confident that IGERT will be an educational and rewarding experience that will give me the tools I need to contribute to the world's determination to transition from a reliance on depleting resources to the global use of clean, renewable energy.
In addition to this aspiration to save the world, other long-term goals include completing Guitar Hero on Expert, traveling into space, visiting Tokyo, Japan, and speaking German fluently.Click here to edit your profile