Energy Research at the University of Washington

Chemical Engineering professor Jim Pfaendtner and his team get students out on job sites

Researchers at the University of Washington have a $3 million grant to support emerging careers where energy science is combined with big data. DIRECT, a UW Clean Energy Institute program, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides training that will equip a new generation of energy researchers to handle the massive data sets arising from all stages of materials discovery.

“The idea for this project came from graduate students coming to me and saying, hey Jim, this job looks awesome. It’s called Data Scientist, or Molecular Data Scientist. How do I get this job?" Pfaendtner said.

Pfaendtner and his team designed a curriculum that emphasizes getting students out on job sites for capstone projects. The UW’s grant aims to create training curriculum that can be replicated nationwide.

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