Month: January 2015

UNM Pioneers Antimony Based Solar Cells

QESST researchers at the University of New Mexico are capitalizing on over two decades of experience at the UNM Center for High Tech Materials (CHTM) in antimonide based narrow gap compound semiconductor devices to advance solar technologies. The epitaxial laboratory at CHTM has four molecular beam epitaxy reactors dedicated to the technology, including a fully […]


Industry and Innovation Program

This past summer, many of the QESST Scholars took short-term positions and internships in industry. Hiring companies included First Solar, Veeco, Applied Materials, and Solexel. For example, Ph.D. students Yeongho Kim and Chaomin Zhang worked at Veeco’s facilities in Somerset, New Jersey. By meeting and interacting with Veeco’s management and technical teams, they learned first-hand […]


Collaborations with Industry Aim to Boost Solar Energy Technology

Two Arizona State University engineers – Mariana Bertoni and Stuart Bowden – will have roles partnering with industry as part of an effort by the U.S. Department of Energy to aid photovoltaic manufacturing and supply-chain companies in advancing their technologies. Their projects are among research and development endeavors the Department of Energy is supporting through […]


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ASU Hosted Visit from U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz

On December 11, 2014, ASU hosted a visit from US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.  QESST Executive Director, Dr. Matt Fraser, briefly discussed QESST research with Dr. Moniz during a tour of research facilities at ASU.  During a poster session and reception, QESST Scholars Mike Minjares, Tim Reblitz, Apoorva Srinivasa and Travis Stowers discussed their […]


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Alhambra Elementary School District

In an ongoing effort to create a culture of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Arizona State University’s QESST program is proud to team up with the Alhambra Elementary School District to offer monthly opportunities for K-12 students and teachers to engage with STEM subjects. On Oct. 4 this program was kicked off. QESST provided […]


Carrie Culp gains experience with QESST REU

Carrie Culp is a QESST REU success story and exemplifies how expanding authentic research opportunities to students from a diversity of backgrounds can impact lives. Carrie, a single mother of three kids, was frustrated after many years of working a minimally skilled, low paying job. Seeking to transform her life, she returned to college and […]


QESST RET Teacher Wins Teacher of the Month

Joni Hood teaches 7th grade at Wingate Elementary School, a Bureau of Indian Education school, in New Mexico, and has participated in the QESST Research Experience for Teachers (RET) at UNM the last two years. She uses the stipend she receives from the QESST RET program to purchase Raycatcher cars to use in her classroom […]


QESST Participates in Houston Energy Day

The Houston Energy Day on October 18, 2014, attracted over 15,000 people, including students, educators, families and business leaders. QESST team members from University of Houston were one of the more than 70 interactive demonstrations and exhibits teaching students and their families about solar energy technology.


QESST at South Valley Academy

For the second year in a row, the QESST team at UNM talked up photovoltaics to the entire 6th grade class at South Valley Academy on October 22, 2014. South Valley is a Title 1 school that serves a heavily Hispanic community. Most students from South Valley will be the first in their families to […]


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MESA Regional Workshop

On Sept. 20, 2014, QESST participated in the annual MESA Regional Workshop at Arizona State University’s Chandler Innovation Center. Forty teachers gathered from both the Central and Southern Regions of Arizona for a MESA Advisors Retreat. QESST’s Joe Carpenter and Tiffany Rowlands paired up and presented a lesson on maximizing the power of a solar […]