Cohort 1 : Oct 2009-Oct 2013

''Krys Bangert graduated from Sheffield Hallam University, with a BSc Hons in Engineering design. During the course, he completed a year-long industrial placement with a UK based packaging machine manufacturer.  His academic interests are in how design and computer simulation can create and improve energy systems. He also enjoys playing, writing and producing music, martial arts and cooking.

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Naa Bruc''e-Konuah graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2008, with an MEng in Civil Engineering with Business Management. She spent a year working for Scott Wilson as a highway designer and became interested in sustainable energy when one of her final year projects involved writing a business plan for the implementation of a fuel cell and anaerobic digester. Her project, ‘Healthy, Energy Efficient Buildings‘ focuses on the effects of increased air tightness on the contamination distribution and infection rates in particular building types and the balance between energy efficiency and indoor air quality by studying different methods of ventilating spaces and the resulting effect on air mixing, and pollutant dilution.

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Holly C''astleton After graduating from the University of Sheffield with a 1st class MEng in mechanical engineering, she spent 2 years working at international building consultancy Buro Happold, to further her interest in energy and sustainability.  It is there she became interested in low carbon building design, which after a diverse 1st year on the E-Futures course, she is looking to explore in more depth for her PhD.

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Andrew'' Foster graduated with a 1st class BSc in Physics from the University of Sheffield in 2009. He spent the following summer modelling the luminescent solar concentrator in the Physics department, and intends to pursue further his interest in photovoltaic technologies by undertaking a PhD in the incorporation of semiconductor nanowires into PV devices. His general interests include playing the electric guitar, all things football and reading.

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Emily H''ounslow graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with MBiolSci degree in Biology. Her interest in how human activities affect conservation of wildlife led her to join the DTC to pursue clean renewable energy research. Her main interest in this area is the development of algal biofuels. General interests include streetdancing, painting and literature.

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Kuang-C''he Hsiao obtained his B.S. (2003) and M.S. (2005) from YZU and NDHU in Taiwan. He came to Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in 2005 where he worked as an associate researcher and now, PhD student in E-Futures DTC programme. His main research subjects are the development of new cathode and anode materials for high energy and power density Lithium-ion batteries.

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Chris Hun''ter graduated from Bristol in 2009 with a first-class MSc in Chemical Physics.  In the first year of the E-Futures course, he undertook mini-projects covering a range of topics, including gas storage and biofuels. For his PhD he is based in Electronic & Electrical Engineering, looking at the semiconductor material gallium arsenide bismide (GaAsBi) for possible solar cell applications. Blog

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Nicola ''Hurst graduated from The University of Sheffield with a BSc in Biology. As part of the E futures course, she's undertaken mini-projects such as using CFD to inform better placement of buildings for reduced energy use and worked with The Corus Group, looking at growing sustainable biomass on unutilised steelwork land. The latter she may pursue as a project for her PhD thesis.

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Jonathan Kn''apton graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with a MEng in Aerospace Engineering.  During his vacations Jonathan worked with BAe Systems as a flight systems and aerodynamics Engineer after which he worked in The University of Sheffield’s Low Carbon Combustion Centre commissioning a Gas Turbine alternative fuels test bed. Jonathan is interested in fluid dynamics and combustion problems.

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Jon Sumanik-Leary'' studied mechanical engineering at the University of Sheffield and the University of Alberta, Canada and currently co-ordinates Engineers Without Borders UK's Energy Community of Practice, as well as WindEmpowerment's Socio-economic Workgroups. Energy plays a vital role in human development and research into the long-term sustainability of the variety of appropriate energy technologies available today is fundamental to ensure that initiatives aimed at improving energy access in developing countries can have the impact they were designed to. Jon's PhD focusses on locally manufactured small wind turbines and investigates how they perform after installation and why. Blog

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Robin Lo''velace is a Geographer and Environmental Scientist by training, and has studied at Universities in Bristol, York and Salamanca. Robin's interest is sparked by energy's refusal to obey academic boundaries: “Its exclusive right to rank along space and time is founded on the fact that, besides energy, no other general concept finds application in all the domains of science” (Ostswald 1892). In addition, energy is important for its role in civilisation's greatest challenges: inequality, recession, and environmental change all have over-dependence on fossil fuels at their root. For this reason, Robin's PhD focuses on action to reduce fossil fuel dependence in different 'energy systems', from households to nations. Robin is a part-time bicycle mechanic, and full-time bicycle advocate.

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Shoan Mba''bazi graduated from University of Teesside in 2006, with a BEng Hons in Electrical and Electronics Engineering; he spent 3.5 years working as an Electrical consultant Engineer for international building consultancy firms Halcrow (1 year) and Buro Happold (2.5 years). It is there he became interested in low carbon electrical design.  His academic interests are in the design of power electronic grid interface and control for renewable energy systems.

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Joa''nne Oldfield graduated from Hull University in 2006 with a 2:1 BA Hons Geography Degree. Joanne then worked as a Research Consultant for two years at SQW (a leading independent Sustainable Economic and Social Development Consultancy) whilst also studying for her MA (RTPI) in Town and Regional Planning. After gaining her MA from Sheffield Joanne chose to stay and study at the E-Futures DTC for her PhD in ‘Planning New Settlements for Low Carbon Energy Futures’, where a a key aim will be to investigate how settlements are planned and developed and the extent to which this process considers and embeds energy efficiency within them

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Laura Pla''tt graduated with a BSc in Environmental Science and then worked as a laboratory analyst and a research assistant.  She is interested in alternative fuels and the hydrogen economy, having had previous experience working at a hydrogen energy company.  The environmental impact of energy production is also of interest. She plays keyboards in a band, as well as going to gigs and festivals.

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Eleanor'' Ramsden graduated in 2006 with an MPhys in Physics with Astrophysics and then worked for a H&S consultancy prior to undertaking a MSc(Eng) in Environmental and Energy Engineering.  Prior to joining E-Futures she worked as a Risk Consultant in the nuclear industry and a Project Manager at an environmental consultancy.  She is interested in the environmental aspects of the implementation of renewable technologies.  General interests include cycling and ballroom dancing.

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Robert Ric''hards obtained a Masters degree in physics from Sheffield University in 2009. During his masters year he focussed on thin layer organic photovoltaics. Now, studying for his PhD, he has moved into multi-junction PV. He is currently investigating the incorporation of Bismuth into GaAs to produce GaAsBi. Bismides are a promising material for the 1eV junction required to improve PV efficiency beyond 50%. Blog

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Sam Rin''g graduated in 2009 from the University of Sheffield with a 2.1 class Master of Chemistry (MChem) degree. During his undergraduate course Sam spent a year studying at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include the development of flexible metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and functional mimics of non-heme methane monooxygenases (MMOs) - one of which he will pursue in his PhD.

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Rick Smith acquired his undergraduate degree in physics in Sheffield. He has a strong interest in semiconductor physics and devices. Having undertaken a mini project modeling transportation energy systems he is currently involved in research into high efficiency white LEDs for illumination. He has studied Chinese for three years and believes that a global problem requires international efforts for solution.

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Philippa'' Uttley graduated in 2006 with a Master of Chemistry degree and worked as an Analytical Chemist for a pharmaceutical supply company until joining the E-Futures DTC. Her academic interests include the development of sustainable liquid fuels and waste management, and how these can be combined to generate different forms of renewable energy. Philippa is a member of the National Trust and is interested in local history, walking, cycling, and music.

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James Willia''ms has a degree and Masters in Aerospace Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Engineering. He is interested in community led initiatives as they have energy benefits whilst also bringing people together. His PhD project ‘Optimisation of solar panel use’ is co-supervised across the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Psychology. He will incorporate a novel method of increasing the efficiency of thermal solar panels combined with established technology. He will also look at public perceptions of renewable technologies, likelihood of uptake, and means of presenting energy-use information in order to foster appropriate behaviour toward the technology. He likes to explore new ground on his trusty steed (bike) and can often be found in local cafe haunts reading. Personal page

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