Guest blog: Levi Straka on multidisciplinary solar research

Guest blog: Levi Straka on multidisciplinary solar research

September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014

Every university gives credence to the value of interdisciplinary research, but how many are walking the walk? In this installment, we feature the perspective of this type of academic cross training from a graduate student, Levi Straka, who works in the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology.  The Center's goal is to manage microbial communities that provide services to make a more sustainable society.
 
For the past two years, Straka has participated in a National Science Foundation funded Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program, an interdisciplinary training program for Ph.D. scientists and engineers. The program emphasizes collaborative research transcending traditional boundaries.  In 2012, ASU won an IGERT for their Solar Utilization Network (SUN) proposal, which brings together students studying photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, biological solar conversion, and solar energy policy. 

 

Written by: Levi Straka, Ph.D. student