AlumniPhD (UC Berkekey, Mechanical Engineering) Deborah Sunter

Before join­ing RAEL in Octo­ber 2015 Dr. Deb­o­rah A. Sunter was a AAAS Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Pol­icy Fel­low at the Depart­ment of Energy: Advanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Office.

Her inter­ests include renew­able energy sys­tems, advanced man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques, and the inter­ac­tion of sci­ence and pol­icy in acad­e­mia, indus­try and government.

She received a B.S in Mechan­i­cal and Aero­space Engi­neer­ing at Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity. There she devel­oped a nanosatel­lite mis­sion that was suc­cess­fully launched into orbit. Although fas­ci­nated by aero­space appli­ca­tions, the time-​​critical issue of global warm­ing shifted her focus in grad­u­ate school to explore renew­able energy. Spe­cial­iz­ing in com­pu­ta­tional mod­el­ing of thermo-​​physics in mul­ti­phase sys­tems, she devel­oped a novel solar absorber tube and received her Ph.D. in Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. The need for a global envi­ron­men­tal solu­tion led her to do research abroad in both Japan and China.

Dr. Sunter is both a BIDS, Berke­ley Insti­tute for Data Sci­ences, Fel­low, and will begin as an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at Tufts Uni­ver­sity in July 2018.

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