EPA-STAR Fellowship for Epting
The EPA awarded Billy Epting a prestigious Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship, to start this year. The three-year fellowship provides funding for graduate studies and research expenses in fields related to the environment.
The project-specific fellowship was given for Billy's research in mass transport through the thickness of a PEM fuel cell catalyst layer.
The transportation sector accounts for about a third of U.S. emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2, and generates urban air pollution that has severe health impacts. Billy's hope is that advances in PEM fuel cell and battery technology will someday lead to a transportation sector with zero tailpipe emissions and a low lifecycle impact.
Among the 138 new fellows in 2010, Billy was the only mechanical engineer to receive the fellowship.