Prof. Park wins an NSF CAREER Award

Four Engineering faculty members have won CAREER awards, each receiving $500,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). One of them is Prof. Sung Yeul Park, from our department.

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According to the NSF, CAREER awards are the “most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.”

“This award will shape significantly the research direction of our group and lays the foundation for fruitful collaborations across various disciplines, including mechanics, chemistry, polymer-science and liberal arts,” said Dr. Kay Wille, one of the recipients. “It feels like a dream came true, and I am so grateful to the National Science Foundation for their financial support and their trust in our research.”

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–  Sung Yeul Park, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering: “Enabling Higher-Performance Battery Charging Systems: Adaptive and Optimal Charging Algorithms Based on Dynamic Battery Characteristics”

This project aims to provide a new, innovative battery charging systems for greater efficiency and longer life in electric vehicles, renewable energy storage, and back-up power applications. The research promises a better understanding of the complex behavior occurring within high-power batteries, which will lead to significantly improving the performance and affordability of such systems.

Results of this research will not only improve the capabilities of today’s state-of-the-art energy storage technologies, but also will be applicable to all battery chemistries because of similarities in other electrochemical devices. The research will benefit energy storage system designers, regardless of their choice of materials and design. This also has the secondary benefit of improving the efficiency and lifespan of integrated renewable energy sources featuring electrochemical storage as a constituent component.

 

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Published: March 1, 2015

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