Kurtz Earns Highest Status in International Electrical Engineering Organization

Kurtz Earns Highest Status in International Electrical Engineering OrganizationIn recognition of her contributions to photovoltaic products and units trustworthiness, Professor Sarah Kurtz has been elevated to a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Fellow is the highest quality of membership in the IEEE, an intercontinental organization of engineers and experts in electrical engineering, electronics and allied fields. The IEEE publishes the Journal of Photovoltaics (for which Kurtz is on the advisory board) and other journals.

Each year, the IEEE Fellow Committee follows a demanding evaluation course of action and suggests fewer than .1% of its voting customers for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Kurtz has been an IEEE member for about 30 years.

“I have been a lot more engaged with the IEEE than with any other experienced business in my profession. Hence, currently being designated a Fellow is notably meaningful and well timed as I have just labored with a group of faculty users to develop a degree program at UC Merced for electrical engineers,” she stated.

“As with remaining a Fellow for most organizations, there is an expectation that I will assist write nominations and review nominations for new Fellows,” she stated of her new position inside the business. “The IEEE also appreciates when the Fellows provide on many panels and participate in IEEE routines.”

After performing for much more than 30 a long time at the Nationwide Renewable Power Laboratory in Golden, Colo., Kurtz joined the Division of Components Science and Engineering in 2017 and is the section chair and the graduate software chair. Her lab is affiliated with UC Solar, and she focuses her investigation on renewable electricity difficulties which includes efficiency, dependability and improvements in both of those photovoltaic systems and the grids they feed into.

She and her 6 graduate students and numerous undergraduates are working on a job funded by the California Electrical power Fee to research the value of prolonged-duration power storage on a job funded by Winston Cone Optics to characterize the overall performance of photo voltaic thermal methods on a job funded by Caelux to quantify performance of their perovskite modules and are starting up new tasks to produce solar canals as part of Job Nexus funded by California’s Section of H2o Assets in partnership with Turlock Irrigation District and Photo voltaic AquaGrid and a second solar canal job funded by means of the CalTestBed method.