Posted On: Wednesday, Dec 05, 2018 - 10:38 am

Freshman Xiaochen Du (T’21) took part in the Duke University Energy Initiative’s new program to fund undergraduate research assistantships last spring. His work with Pratt faculty member Dr. Volker Blum brought value to a groundbreaking new energy materials project, helping position the project to land a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. 

Posted On: Tuesday, Dec 04, 2018 - 9:46 am

"I am a big believer in the power of markets to power an energy transition," Energy Initiative director Brian Murray writes in his latest Forbes blog, "but current market forces alone cannot achieve the types of deep decarbonization levels called for in the United States and elsewhere to arrest the climate problem." Murray explains why.

Posted On: Monday, Dec 03, 2018 - 12:53 pm

Shomik Verma (E'19), a senior studying mechanical engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, has been named one of this year’s 48 recipients chosen of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. With an education steeped in novel solutions for solar energy production, Verma is the fifth Duke engineer to win the scholarship, and the first since 2011.

Verma has been highly engaged in our energy programming & community during his time at Duke. Verma has served as co-president and technical lead of the Duke Electric Vehicles team, building a hydrogen fuel cell car and leading a Duke student team to a Guinness World Record for the most fuel-efficient human-carrying vehicle ever built. Verma is also president of the Duke Energy Club, through which he has worked with the Energy Initiative to create three new assistantships for students to do energy research with faculty, and is co-president of the Duke Smart Home. For his Pratt Fellowship, Verma is working with Nico Hotz, assistant professor of the practice in mechanical engineering, on using solar thermal energy for hydrogen production.

Verma an outstanding leader, scholar, & human being who's already accomplishing great things for the world, and we wish him the very best!

Posted On: Thursday, Nov 29, 2018 - 12:00 am

The Duke Startup Challenge, founded in 1999, is a hands-on program designed to give Duke students experience starting a company. It's a student community that follows a year long process involving changing one's mindset, identifying opportunities, and developing solutions. The top teams are invited to participate in a summer accelerator hosted in Durham. There's over $50,000 available in funding, including the $10K Clean Energy Prize, awarded by the Duke University Energy Initiative.

In last year's Duke Startup Challenge, the Energy Initiative’s Clean Energy Prize was awarded to GOLeafe, which has developed a new production process for graphene, a promising nanomaterial with potential applications in solar energy production and energy storage. The GOLeafe team, which includes Arsheen Allam (MBA’17) and Towqir Aziz (MA’18), was also honored with the first annual Dean Yep Jr. Memorial Prize.

(Fun fact: Clean Energy Prize winner Allam was recently named to Forbes's 2019 list of 30 Under 30 in Energy, which identifies “young stars in the energy sector under the age of 30.") 

Are you an interested Duke student? The first step is to sign up here by December 17, 2018! For this deadline, fill out that simple form as an individual. (At this stage, no need to have a startup ide, or a team!)

The Duke Startup Challenge is hosted by the Fuqua School of Business and the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Posted On: Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 - 12:00 am

With the goal to enhance his network in mind, energy PhD student Edgar Virguez became interested in participating in “36 Hours at Duke,” an event that promotes rapid connection-building among a small cohort of current Duke students and a diverse group of accomplished alumni. Read his reflective blog post for The Graduate School of Duke University.

Posted On: Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 - 12:00 am

Duke researchers Zackary Johnson, Curt Richardson and Dan Richter served as contributing authors for the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2), which was released Friday by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The report, developed by more than 200 scientists from Canada, Mexico and the United States, found that emissions from the burning of fossil fuels still represent the largest source of the North American carbon budget. About 43 percent of these emissions are offset by terrestrial and coastal ocean sinks of atmospheric CO2.

Posted On: Monday, Nov 26, 2018 - 12:00 am

The Global Energy Access Network (GLEAN) organization is now accepting applications for the 3rd volume of the Energy Access Case Study publication. They are looking for students from any discipline (undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, or professional) that has engagement in the field of energy access. Submit your application on your research, study abroad, internship, field work, or other engagements related to energy access in low-income or developing countries for a chance to publish a 5 page study and win $200.

Submission deadline January 31, 2019. Learn more about the proposal application requirements here.

Posted On: Monday, Nov 26, 2018 - 12:00 am

Faraz Usmani, a PhD Candidate in Environmental Economics at Duke, and Rob Fetter, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Duke University Energy Initiative and a Senior Policy Associate at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, co-authored a blog about rural electrification and structural transformation, all centered around a little bean called guar.

Posted On: Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018 - 12:00 am

On November 17, Duke University seniors Kushal Kadakia, Ariel Kantor, and Claire Wang were selected for prestigious 2019 Rhodes Scholarships. These three students and the 29 other recipients were chosen from among 880 applicants from colleges and universities across the United States.

Clearly, they are stellar young scholars and individuals. What else do they have in common? Throughout their undergraduate education, they have deeply engaged with the intellectual communities of Duke’s university-wide interdisciplinary institutes and initiatives.

Posted On: Friday, Nov 16, 2018 - 12:00 am

Micaela Unda (T'18) recently attended the Global Climate Action Summit, where focusing on a temperature increase of two degrees no longer seemed urgent enough.