sulting in accelerated technology adoption and deployment of solar cells. A principal engineer in the National Center for Photovoltaics with more than 30 years of experience, he is creator of NREL's Optical Cavity Furnace and Silicon Photovoltaic Wafer Screening System. He has collaborated with TTO to help transfer foundational technologies to companies with two commercial licenses incorporating his innovations. Since beginning at NREL in 1987, Sopori has contributed more than 315 journal papers, meeting abstracts, books, patents, and copyrights; and he won three R&D 100 awards.
Rising Stars Shine Brightly as Innovators
This year marks the debut of the Rising Star awards. These recognize employees who have less than six years of service at NREL, but who have demonstrated increasing engagement with the commercialization and technology transfer process. The three winners are Kirstin Alberi and Arrelaine Dameron of the Chemical and Materials Science Center and Gregg Beckham of the National Bioenergy Center.
Since coming to NREL in 2010, Alberi has been instrumental in the development of high efficiency photovoltaic and solid-state lighting applications, and has successfully submitted nine Records of Invention. Beckham, who joined NREL in 2008, is focused on biomass conversion, and has 14 Records of Invention to his name over the last three years. And Dameron, who started in 2008 as an NREL postdoctoral researcher, examines deposition and sputtering processes for transparent conducting materials, resulting in 11 Records of Invention in the last three years.
"These individuals are illuminating the way to transform energy usage not only for our country but the entire world. Their efforts will impact generations to come," NREL's Associate Lab Director of Innovation, Partnering, and Outreach Bill Farris said.
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