Carnegie Mellon University

CMU Scott Affiliates Biegler Gounaris

May 10, 2021

DOE Grants Awards to Two CMU Faculty, Internships to Four Students in Energy

By Liz Rosevear

Liz Rosevear

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded two Carnegie Mellon University researchers $400,000 to formulate mathematical models and develop computational methodologies to allow the design of novel gas separation processes, along with the microporous materials they rely upon, in a co-optimization paradigm. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $17.3 million for college internships, research opportunities, and research projects that "connect talented science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students and faculty with the world-class resources at DOE’s National Laboratories." 

Lorenz Biegler and Chrysanthos Gounaris, both affiliates at the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and professors within the Chemical Engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University, are leading the research on their project titled Advanced Modeling and Process-Materials Co-optimization Strategies for Swing Adsorption Based Gas Separations.

Four Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate students also received STEM summer internship placements with national labs through the DOE Office of Science, Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program. 

  • William S. Fung (Physics '22) Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Nuclear Physics
  • Spencer Gibson (Mathematics '22) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), Astronomy/Astrophysics
  • Lauren Janicke (CEE '23), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Engineering Operations/Systems
  • Anna Sunah Park (MSE '21), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Materials Sciences