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REAP NEWS

April 2016 - Profs. Vandervelde and Panetta awarded NSF grant entitled, "FAST-TRAC: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Advanced Degree Attainment for Low Income Engineering Students"

February 2016 - Construction begins on REAP Labs new space at 200 Boston Ave. This space will also house the new Tufts Epitaxial Core (TEC) Facility.

December 2015 - Nicole wins Graduate Student Research Competition.

October 2015 - Prof. Kevin Grossklaus joins REAP Labs

September 2015 - Nicole and Maggie present at EUPVSEC in Hamburg, Germany.

September 2015 - Nicole successfully defends Master's thesis.

August 6, 2015: DeMeo Wins IC Postdoc Fellowship Dante DeMeo, E08, EG13, has received an Intelligence Community postdoctoral research fellowship from Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) managed by the U.S. Department of Energy for Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Dante and advisor Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde will act as Dante's research advisor in the Renewable Energy and Applied Photonics (REAP) Lab.

June 19, 2015: Corey Shemelya wins Joseph Noonan Outstanding Doctoral Research Prize Corey Shemelya, EG13, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Joseph Noonan Doctoral Research Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding research contributions made during doctoral studies in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Tufts University in the past three years. Corey is currently an Intelligence Community Fellow and Research Assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso.

June 16, 2015: Vandervelde Wins $2M in Green Energy Grants In 2014, Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde received a $1.5M Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation to build a multi-chamber molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system to generate advanced semiconductors. He recently received $1M over four years from the Office of Naval Research for his proposal entitled "Epitaxial Growth of Semiconductor-Semimetal Towards Rectifying Diodes for Energy Harvesting and Indirect Solar Thermal Energy Conversion". He received an additional $600K from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to fund research in producing Group-IV SiGeSn photonic materials. Vandervelde also received a $620K Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award which to support his VG90 MBE renovations associated with his photonic material research.

May 22, 2015: Vandervelde Wins Tufts Collaborates Grant Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde and Assistant Professor James Adler (Mathematics), received a grant from the Tufts Collaborates program for their proposal "Unlocking the Mystery of Ultra-Efficient Solar Cells."

May 6, 2015: Licht named STEM Chateaubriand Fellow Doctoral candidate Abigail Licht, ECE, was named a 2015-2016 STEM Chateaubriand Fellow. The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctoral students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for 4 to 9 months. Congratulations, Abigail!

April 9, 2015: Stevens Named NASA Space Technology Research Fellow Maggie Stevens, a doctoral student in Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde's REAP Lab, received funding from NASA for her proposal "Solid State Energy Conversion for Deep Space Power." NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships are awarded to graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA's goal of creating innovative new space technologies for the United States' science, exploration and economic future. Congratulations, Maggie!

April 2015 - Nicole wins SOE Outstanding Graduate Student Contributor to Engineering Education

March 25, 2015: Graduate student Nicole Pfiester-Latham was selected to receive the 2015 School of Engineering, Outstanding Graduate Contributor to Engineering Education Award. The award recognizes Pfiester-Latham for her significant contributions to the education programs of the department. Nicole received the award at the 17th annual Graduate Student Awards ceremony held April 24, 4-6 p.m. in Distler Performance Hall.

March 5, 2015: Graduate student Maggie Stevens and undergraduate Katie Levinson in Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde's REAP Lab presented papers at the American Physical Society meeting, March 2-6, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. Maggie presented a paper on "Studying Anomalous Open-Circuit Voltage Drop-Out in Concentrated Photovoltaics Using Computational Numerical Analysis." Katie presented a paper on "Emission Testing Results of Thermally Stable, Metamaterial, Selective-Emitters for Thermophotovoltaics."

February 22, 2015: Stevens Named NREIP Scholar Maggie Stevens, a doctoral student in Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde's REAP Lab, received funding to spend the summer working at the Naval Research Labs through the prestigious Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program. She will be working with the Robert Walters group at NRL on epitaxial processes and characterization. Congratulations, Maggie!

December, 2014.: Undergraduate student Norohito Naka and Nicole Pfiester Latham present their research at the Fall Materials Research Society 2014 meeting

September, 2014: Prof. Vandervelde officially becomes an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

September, 2014: Prof. Vandervelde becomes an Adjunct Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department

September, 2014: Prof. Vandervelde becomes an Adjunct Professor in the Physics Department

September, 2014: Prof. Vandervelde awarded NSF grant to broaden participation in engineering, focused on teaching and mentoring women in engineering

September, 2014: Nicole Pfiester Latham and Maggie Steves presented research at the international Molecular Beam Epitaxy (IMBE) conference in Flagstaff Arizona

August, 2014: Prof. Vandervelde awarded new NSF grant to mentor and advise future female engineering leaders.

August, 2014: Maggie Stevens wins the prestigious Stern's Family Graduate Fellowship

July, 2014: Chandler Downs successfully defends his Doctoral Thesis.

July, 2014: Prof. Vandervelde awarded NSF REU Suppliment to his CAREER award for summer 2014 and 2015. This funding will pay for undergrads to work in REAP Labs on this important project.

July, 2014: Maggie Stevens officially joins REAP Labs as a graduate student researcher.

June, 2014: Prof. Vandervelde elevated to be a "Senior Member" of The OSA

June, 2014: Nicole Pfiester Latham presented research at the 2014 EMC conference in Santa Barbara

June, 2014: Abbey Licht, Maggie Stevens, and Prof. Vandervelde present research at the 2014 PVSC conference in Denver

May, 2014: Katie Levinson joins REAP Labs as an undergraduate researcher

May, 2014: Prof. Vandervelde was officially awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor by the Tufts University Board of Trustees.

May, 2014: Nicole Pfiester Latham and Abbey Licht present research at the 2014 SVC conference in Chicago

April, 2014: Nicole Pfiester Latham receives a Special Mention for Outstanding Graduate Student Contribution to Undergraduate Education.

April, 2014: Nicole Pfiester Latham accepts NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

March, 2014: Tom Vandervelde receives Tufts University School of Engineering Faculty Mentoring Award for a Second Time (2011 Winner).

March, 2014: Norihito Naka awarded as a Tufts Summer Scholar.

February, 2014: Chandler Downs, Abigail Licht, and Nicole Pfiester Latham present at Photonics West 2014.

December, 2013: Abigail Licht invited to submit a featured paper in the Journal of Materials Research.

December, 2013: Abigail Licht's Fall MRS 2013 paper selected as an outstanding paper.

December, 2013: Abigail Licht, Corey Shemelya and Nicole Pfiester Latham present at MRS 2013, Boston, MA.

December, 2013: Acera School visits REAP Labs (ECE News).

October, 2013: Abigail Licht and Nicole Pfiester Latham granted a Travel Award for NAMBE 2013.

October, 2013: Abigail Licht and Nicole Pfiester Latham present at NAMBE 2013, Banff, Canada.

September, 2013: Dante DeMeo and Nicole Pfiester Latham present at EUPVSEC 2013, Paris, France.

August, 2013: Ahmed Zayan recieves Tufts University Provost Fellowship

August, 2013: Ahmed Zayan joins REAP labs

August, 2013: Tom Vandervelde recieves $1M NSF-MRI grant to aquire a photonic materials molecular beam epitaxy system. (ECE announcement)

August, 2013: Dante DeMeo earns his doctoral degree

June, 2013: Corey Shemelya and Dante DeMeo present at EMC2013

April, 2013: Corey Shemelya's earns his doctoral degree

April, 2013: Tom Vandervelde gives keynote speach at the Intellegence Community Conference

April, 2013: Abbey Licht recievews GROW fellowship to spend the summer in Montpellier, France at the nanoMIR lab under Jean-Baptiste Rodriguez.

April, 2013: REAP Labs members accepted to give talk at EMC in June

April, 2013: Dante DeMeo recieves NSF/ASEE Engineering Innovation Fellowship

March, 2013: Robert Rockmore awarded as a Tufts Summer Scholar.

March, 2013: Abbey Licht and Nicole Pfiester Latham give talks at APS

March, 2013: Corey Shemelya Awarded IC Postdoctoral Fellowship and Research Assistant Professor Position at the University of Texas at El Paso

Feb., 2013: REAP Labs featured in the Tufts ECE Newsletter

Feb., 2013: Corey Shemelya and Dante DeMeo featured in the Tufts Alma Matters Magazine

Dec., 2012: REAP Labs hosts Acera Elementary School

Oct., 2012:  Corey Shemelya and Dante DeMeo featured in "Sustainable Brands"

Oct., 2012: REAP Labs students present at the North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy (NAMBE) conference

Sept. 2012: Corey Shemelya wins the AVS Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Travel Grant

Sept. 2012:  Corey Shemelya, Dante DeMeo, and Dr. Vandervelde Present at EU PVSEC and TPV 10

Sept. 2012: Joint Reap Labs and Fraunhofer IAF work wins best paper award.



Aug. 2012:  Prof. Vandervelde gives an invited talk to the SPIE Optics+Photonics in San Diego

Aug. 2012: Welcome Nicole Pfiester-Latham to REAP Labs!

July, 2012:  Prof. Vandervelde wins an Intelligence Community Young Investigator Award

June, 2012:  Dante DeMeo and Corey Shemelya present at EMC 2012 at Penn State University

May, 2012: Corey Shemelya published in JEM

May, 2012:  REAP Labs a finalist for the 2012 Mass. Clean Energy Center Award

May, 2012: Corey Shemelya and Dante DeMeo win the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award

April, 2012: REAP students are Finalists in the Tufts Energy Competition

April, 2012: Abbey Licht recieves a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

April, 2012: Dante DeMeo recieves Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research

March, 2012: Abbey Licht is accepted to the Tufts University Sustainability Council.

February/March, 2012: Members of REAP Labs present at APS at the South Boston Convention Center.

December, 2011: Dante DeMeo and Sam MacNaughton (from Tufts NanoLabs) present at ISDRS at the University of Maryland.

September, 2011: Abbey Licht is accepted as a Tufts University Eco-Ambassador.

June, 2011: Members of Reap Labs present at PVSC37 in Seattle, WA and EMC in Santa Barbara, CA.


Here we are at the Space Needle! We also made it into the daily update at PVSC.

June, 2011: Prof. Vandervelde wins Alexander Von Humholdt Fellowship from the German government

June, 2011: Abigail Licht joins REAP Labs!

May, 2011: Salih Magden wins SPIE scholarship for photonics research

May, 2011: Tom Vandervelde named a Fellow of the Center for Engineering and Education Outreach (CEEO)

April, 2011: Tom Vandervelde wins Tufts Faculty Mentoring Award

Mar 24, 2011: Meth Bandara selected as a 2011 Tufts Summer Scholar

Mar 3, 2011: Prof. Vandervelde wins NSF CAREER award

Jan 5, 2011: Grad Student Corey Shemelya Named Optics Superhero

Nov 12, 2011:Prof. Vandervelde Earns Air Force Grant for Photodetection Research

Nov 12, 2011: Dante DeMeo wins first prize for research on TPV

March 2010, Salih Magden selected as a 2010 Tufts Summer Scholar

Feb 26, 2010: Prof. Vandervelde Receives $975K Grant for Thermophotovoltaics Research

Dec 14, 2009: REAPLab Grad Students Receive Best Poster Award at ISDRS

March, 2009: Han Chen selected as a 2009 Tufts Summer Scholar

September, 2008: Chandler Downs, John Chivers, Dante DeMeo and Corey Shemelya join REAP Labs.