Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont (UVM) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have established a joint appointment program to increase collaborative research and joint funding opportunities between UVM faculty and PNNL researchers. PNNL is a US Department of Energy national laboratory and a leading center for scientific discovery in chemistry, Earth sciences, biology and data science, and for technological innovation in sustainable energy and national security.
Through joint appointments granted under this program, researchers from each institution can pursue joint funding opportunities and access specialized instrumentation and unique research tools at the partner institution that foster deeper collaborations and scientific impact.
Another objective of this program is to engage students in research and training opportunities under projects and grants and provide PNNL researchers the opportunity to enhance student experiences through mentoring and advising.
The first joint appointee is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Mads Almassalkhi, who joins PNNL as a Chief Scientist. Professor Almassalkhi is working with PNNL on a number of research, design, and development opportunities that would fund graduate students and enhance research.
UVM Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Mads Almassalkhi, who is the first joint appointee and joins PNNL as a Chief Scientist. Photo credit: Andy Duback.
“The College of Engineering and Mathematical Science (CEMS) at UVM is thrilled to be part of this joint agreement. The opportunities for collaboration and student growth are outstanding,” said Linda Schadler, Dean of CEMS. “I look forward to seeing the growth in UVM’s work on optimizing and stabilizing the grid as the percentage of renewable energy resources increases.”
Karma Sawyer, director of PNNL’s Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division, said Almassalkhi’s joint appointment “is a wonderful opportunity for PNNL to expand its advanced controls program to address key technological challenges with the operations of future energy systems. Professor Almassalkhi’s R&D expertise in multiple energy sectors provides rich collaboration opportunities that will yield great scientific impact and build the future STEM workforce through student engagement in research projects,” said Sawyer.
Vice President for Research Kirk Dombrowski added, “The Department of Energy’s National Labs are preeminent research facilities. The Pacific Northwest National Lab is leading research in areas like renewable energy that are central to UVM’s science and impact goals. This opportunity to partner with PNNL is a key bridge for advancing UVM research and creating a bidirectional collaboration that can help solve America’s future energy needs. Congratulations to UVM faculty member Mads Almassalkhi for leading this effort, and to the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences for leading UVM in this vital new effort.”
About the University of Vermont
Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. UVM’s strengths align with the most pressing needs of our time: the health of our societies and the health of our environment. Our size—large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet intimate enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study—allows us to pursue these interconnected issues through cross-disciplinary research and collaboration. Providing an unparalleled educational experience for our students, and ensuring their success, are at the core of what we do. As one of the nation’s first land grant universities, UVM advances Vermont—and the broader society—through the discovery and application of new knowledge.
UVM is derived from the Latin “Universitas Viridis Montis” (University of the Green Mountains)
About the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS)
At UVM CEMS, faculty and students don’t just solve for X; they are part of a larger equation and the CEMS community reflects that. Students view each other as collaborators, not competitors; stellar professors are also active scientists who bring new knowledge to the classroom and welcome undergrads into their labs. Team-based, hands-on learning and faculty mentoring, along with dedicated professional career advising are among the reasons 97% of CEM’s students are employed or continuing their education within six months of getting their degrees. Many also take advantage of UVM’s ten Accelerated Master’s options in STEM disciplines—earning a B.S. plus M.S. in just five years.
Source: BURLINGTON, Vt. —The University of Vermont 9.20.2021