Institute for Energy Conversion: Making strides towards alternative energy

This week on Campus Voices, we spoke with Bill Shafarman and Steve Hegedus from the Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC). Bill and Steve sat with us to talk about alternative energy sources the IEC is currently working on and how beneficial they could be for the world community.

The Institute of Energy Conversion, established in 1972, was the first solar energy research institute in the world. The IEC receives most of the funding granted by United States Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, a federal program focused on supporting solar energy research to make it more affordable for Americans.

The Interview

Bill Shafarman and Steve Hegedus, recorded on April 6, 2017. First aired on April 13, 2017.
53.5 MB

About our guests

Bill Shafarman is currently the Interim Director of the Institute of Energy Conversion. He received his Bachelors in Physics from the University of Delaware and both his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. Bill is also an associate profesor of Materials Science and Engineering.

Steve Hegedus is a Senior Scientist at the IEC. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, a Masters from Cornell, and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. Steve spent some time at IBM designing and testing integrated circuits before coming to work at UD in 1982. He is also the editor for the Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering (2003).

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