August 2016 - Certificate of Occupancy granted for our new lab space. We are moving in! Phase 1 construction essentially complete.
August 2016 - Emily Carlson wins the prestigious Provost's Family Graduate Fellowship.
August 3, 2016 - Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde has been elevated to the rank of IEEE senior member.
July 2016 - Prof. Vandervelde named a Tisch College Faculty Fellow
June 2016 - After spending a year in France on her STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship, Abbey Licht accepted a prestigious Epitxial Internship at
MIT-Lincoln Lab. We congratulate her, but look forward to her returning to the lab this fall. We miss you Abbey!
June 2016 - Maggie Stevens returns to the Naval Research Labs for a second summer as part of her NASA Graduate Fellowship
June 2016 - Prof. Vandervelde and graduate students Nicole Pfiester Latham, Maggie Stevens, Abbey Licht, and Emily Carlson present papers at the 43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist conference in Portland Oregon
May 2016 - Prof. Vandervelde gives invited talk at the Interagency Advanced Power Group (IAPG) Mechanical Working Group meeting in Adelphi Maryland.
May, 2016 - Graduate Student Emily Carlson Joins REAP Labs!
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
2014: Prof. Vandervelde becomes an Adjunct Professor in the
Mechanical Engineering Department
September, 2014: Prof.
Vandervelde becomes an Adjunct Professor in the Physics
September, 2014: Prof. Vandervelde awarded NSF
grant to broaden participation in engineering, focused on
teaching and mentoring women in engineering
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
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
June, 2014: Abbey Licht, Maggie Stevens, and
Prof. Vandervelde present research at the 2014 PVSC conference
May, 2014: Katie Levinson joins REAP Labs as an
May, 2014: Prof. Vandervelde was
officially awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate
Professor by the Tufts University Board of Trustees.
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
April, 2014: Nicole Pfiester Latham accepts NSF Graduate
March, 2014: Tom Vandervelde receives Tufts University School of
Engineering Faculty Mentoring Award for a Second Time (2011
Norihito Naka awarded as a Tufts Summer Scholar.
February, 2014: Chandler Downs, Abigail Licht, and Nicole
Pfiester Latham present at Photonics West 2014.
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,
September, 2013: Dante DeMeo and Nicole Pfiester
Latham present at EUPVSEC 2013, Paris, France.
August, 2013: Ahmed Zayan recieves Tufts University
August, 2013: Ahmed Zayan joins REAP labs
Tom Vandervelde recieves $1M NSF-MRI grant to aquire a photonic
materials molecular beam epitaxy system. (ECE
August, 2013: Dante DeMeo earns his doctoral degree
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
lab under Jean-Baptiste Rodriguez.
2013: REAP Labs members accepted to give talk at
EMC in June
April, 2013: Dante DeMeo recieves NSF/ASEE Engineering
March, 2013: Robert Rockmore
awarded as a Tufts Summer Scholar.
March, 2013: Abbey Licht and Nicole Pfiester Latham give talks
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
REAP Labs hosts Acera
Oct., 2012: Corey Shemelya and Dante DeMeo featured in "Sustainable
Oct., 2012: REAP Labs students present
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
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!
Prof. Vandervelde wins an
Intelligence Community Young Investigator Award
2012: Dante DeMeo and Corey Shemelya present at
EMC 2012 at Penn State
May, 2012: Corey Shemelya published in
May, 2012: REAP Labs a finalist for the
2012 Mass. Clean Energy Center
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
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
June, 2011: Members of Reap Labs present at PVSC37 in
Seattle, WA and EMC in Santa Barbara, CA.
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June, 2011: Prof. Vandervelde wins Alexander Von Humholdt Fellowship from the German government
Abigail Licht joins REAP Labs!
May, 2011: Salih Magden wins SPIE scholarship for
May, 2011: Tom Vandervelde named a Fellow of the Center for Engineering and Education Outreach (CEEO)
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
Jan 5, 2011: Grad Student Corey Shemelya Named Optics Superhero
Nov 12, 2011:Prof. Vandervelde Earns Air Force Grant for Photodetection
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
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.