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Prepare for the annual site visit

The 2018 Site Visit is from May 8 to May 10. Help us prepare by submitting an RSVP today if you are attending.

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Engineering Research Center

QESST was established in 2011 as an NSF-DOE funded Engineering Research Center.

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Electricity is the lifeblood of modern society.

Powering everything from cities to pacemakers, our electricity generating system faces challenges. These include harmful environmental impacts, threats to national security, resource supply problems, difficulties in powering autonomous applications, and over a quarter of the world’s population without access to electricity. These all indicate the need for a new electricity generation system.

QESST Scholars and faculty install a solar PV system in Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park
QESST student that attended Solar Cell 101 places a cell to be screen-printed. This machine automatically applies the top fingers and buss bars.

Addressing the challenges one at a time.

QEEST addresses these challenges by supporting a system of photovoltaic science and innovation—a system that breaks away from the waste and inefficiencies of unsustainable fossil fuels and generates power using our favorite sustainable and unlimited resource: the Sun.

We're kind of a big deal.

The Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) lab is an Engineering Research Center. QESST is an Engineering Research Center (ERC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that focuses on advancing photovoltaic science, technology, and education in order to address one of society’s greatest challenges: sustainably transforming electricity generation to meet the growing demand for energy.

Students in the courtyard, preparing a solar expiriment.

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Scholars invited to Professional Development Seminar Series

All QESST Scholars are invited to the first panel of  “Excelling Beyond the Lab: A Professional Development Seminar Series” for MSE Graduate Students will take place TODAY sept. 14. Title: “The many career paths for MSE-PhD’s ” Description: You might be surprised by all the career options available to STEM PhD’s. Why not start thinking […]

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CanadianSolar CTO GuoqiangXing, visit to Solar Power Lab with Student
Canadian Solar visits Solar Power Labs

CTO of Canadian Solar, Guoqiang Xing, at the Solar Power Labs, interacted with QESST Scholars during his all-day meeting this 22nd of August to the Solar Power Labs. Students from UofA, UDEL and ASU had the opportunity to brief him on their research. Great opportunity to interact with industry!

Dr. Saenz Diversity Webinar, Summer 2018
Diversity & Inclusion on our Summer Program

Dr. Delia Saenz, Diversity Director at QESST, talked to QESST Summer Program about diversity and inclusion, in its particular form of tokenism. Dr. Saenz is a Professor of Psychology at ASU. The presentation was broadcasted to all QESST Universities. To see the recording click below (also available for download on our Webinar webpage).