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Conn Center outreach abroad

Conn Center scientists have been invited to universities in India and Columbia to give short courses and conference lectures.

In 2018, Conn Center director Mahendra Sunkara conducted a weeklong course on chemical vapor processing at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India through the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) program sponsored by the Government of India’s Ministry for Human Resources Development. In this course, over 50 students from various disciplines participated in lectures and hands-on activities using CHEMKIN modeling software.

Sunkara also gave a short lecture course and hands-on workshop on advanced materials for energy challenges with PhD student Sonia Calero at Universitadad del Valle in Cali, Columbia. Mahendra provided information about Conn Center, energy challenges, and UofL PhD programs for inspiring and recruiting students. Universitadad del Valle is developing an MOU with UofL toward cooperation on various academic and research activities.

Drs. Jacek Jasinski, left, Josh Spurgeon, left center, and Mahendra Sunkara, right, join Ramachandra Rao, center, to award young scholars at the International Conference on Renewable Energy Research & Education.

In February, Dr. Sunkara was joined by theme leader for Materials Characterization Jacek Jasinski, theme leader for Solar Fuels Josh Spurgeon, and theme leader for Biofuels Jagannadh Satyavolu as they took part in the International RE2 Conference organized by the Faculty of Sciences at Government College Autonomous in Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh, India. The 3-day conference covered grand challenges in renewable energy and materials science and included over 25 invited international speakers, many honored guests, and over 100 poster and oral presentations by students.

The conference was convened by Dr. K. Ramachandra Rao, Professor of Physics and Director for Crystal Growth & Nano-Science Research Center at GCAR, who was a visiting postdoctoral research scholar at Conn Center in 2016. Dr. Rao and his distinguished colleagues created a truly memorable educational experience and cultural exchange at this conference. Read more.

For 2019, Dr. Spurgeon will teach a “Global Challenges of Solar Energy and Solar Fuels” workshop in Kukatpally, Hyderabad, India. The course is also part of GIAN and will be held at the JNTUH College of Engineering. Main topics include an overview of solar energy and semiconductors, solar cell device physics, photovoltaic technologies and characterization, photochemistry for solar cells, and concepts for solar fuels. The course is for students, teachers, researchers, executives, engineers, and researchers from manufacturing, service and government organizations including NGOs and R&D laboratories.

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