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Michael MayedaSustainable Energy from Solar Hydrogen
University of DelawareNewark, DE
Being sustainable in an unsustainable world is the overarching goal of our generation. It seems nearly impossible to imagine a future without the heavy use of dirty carbon sources but the fact that people are imagining is a sign of the times to come. The University of Delaware is one of many hubs beginning to innovate and proliferate concepts for a sustainable world with centers including the Energy Institute, Institute of Energy Conversion, CCST, CEEP, and many more.
I am attracted to the Solar IGERT group because I ultimately believe that the largest source of future renewable energy will be the sun. I am interested in developing improved efficiency photovoltaic cells as well as streamlining their production process. By improving efficiencies and cutting costs, PVs will be in a great position to help our unsustainable symptoms.
I was born and raised in Hawaii, a special case of an unsustainable region. Being a tropical heaven-on-earth, its primary industry is tourism. The technology is underfunded despite a large dependence on foreign sources of energy which need to be imported, thus increasing their prices. After I complete my graduate studies at the University of Delaware, I hope to work with some of the smaller start up companies in Hawaii to raise awareness of the energy crunch and market products that could alleviate the problem.
I received my B.S. in engineering at Harvey Mudd College with an emphasis in chemical engineering in 2008. I studied a semester at Kings College London, UK where I solidified my passion for the world's sport of football. I had the great opportunity to travel Europe, play for my school's football team, and support Arsenal. I would rather bodyboard waves than anything else in the world. I used to surf but almost drowned once and haven't gone back since. I plan to get my dosage of the outdoors with the Solar IGERT program. As you can see, there are many cool cats to be found.Click here to edit your profile