New Grant: Award Supports Undergraduate Research Experience on Decarbonization

Erdem Sasmaz and Bihter Padak

April 4, 2022Principal investigators: Erdem Sasmaz, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Bihter Padak, co-principal investigator and assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering

Award: $444,124 over three years

Funding agency: National Science Foundation Division of Engineering Education and Centers

Project: REU Site - Interdisciplinary Research Experience on Decarbonization: Path to 2035

As an NSF Research for Undergraduates (REU) site, UC Irvine will offer a nine-week interdisciplinary summer program related to sustainable energy pathways in the schools of engineering and physical sciences. The REU students will be exposed to comprehensive decarbonization research topics and learn interdisciplinary approaches to tackle the science and engineering challenges of achieving net-zero carbon emissions. The program will support 10 non-UCI undergraduate students each year for three years. Students will mainly be recruited from underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds. They will participate in workshops to develop research, leadership, career development and team-building skills.

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