The Laboratory for Low-Carbon Energy and Environmental Sustainability in the Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming (UW) has a graduate research assistant position available for PhD students with an anticipated start date of spring or fall semester in 2021.
The laboratory conducts systems research in low-carbon energy and environmental sustainability, which addresses technical, economic, and policy issues related to energy and environmental systems, as well as climate change mitigation. Currently, research topics of interest mainly include low-carbon energy systems, carbon capture, utilization and storage, negative emissions technologies, low-grade heat & water recovery and reuse, and the energy-water nexus under carbon constraints for climate change mitigation.
The graduate research assistantship is funded through the FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The student will perform systems research on a range of FLECCS technologies for integration with renewables toward a net-zero carbon energy future. The student will be expected to prepare progress reports, present research results at conferences and workshops, and publish work in peer-reviewed journals. The UW team will also collaborate closely with a group of researchers in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Interested applicants should send a full resume to Dr. Haibo Zhai by email at email@example.com. The students who have a technical background in environmental engineering, chemical engineering, or mechanical engineering are strongly encouraged.
About Principal Investigator: Dr. Haibo Zhai is the Roy & Caryl Cline Chair of Engineering, Environment, and Natural Resources and an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering. Prior to UW, he was a research professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He was also a key developer of the Integrated Environmental Control Model, a widely used power plant modeling tool developed by CMU for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. More information is available on his faculty webpage: https://www.uwyo.edu/civil/faculty_staff/faculty/haibo-zhai/index.html.