Center for Energy Systems Research

REU-IREST: June 4 - August 10, 2018
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Immersive Research in Energy generation, Storage/conversion and power Transmission (IREST)

This NSF REU Site
is funded by the Division of Engineering Education and Centers, focuses on providing cutting-edge research in the areas of energy generation (solar, biomass, piezoelectric, generation from salinity gradients, etc.), energy storage/conversion (lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries and formic acid fuel cells) and power grid integration (solar and electric vehicle to grid integration).



  • Opportunities to conduct high quality immersive research in the areas of energy generation, storage and power transmission.
  • Train top national research talent in key emerging areas of energy, critical for maintaining national preeminence.
  • Nurture student professional growth and train them on intelligent research approaches including: maintaining a daily diary, interpreting data and information, effective research outcomes dissemination and ethical decision making.
  • Encourage students in energy related careers and to pursue graduate studies through targeted field trips to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, guest seminars by industrial partners and cutting edge research immersion.

Award Information

  • $5,000 stipend for 10 weeks
  • On-campus housing included
  • Food allowance
  • Round-trip travel expenses up to $500
  • Research supplies up to $400


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and other related disciplines.
  • Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors from 2-year or 4-year institutions.
  • Must graduate after September 2018.

Application Process

  • Transcripts
  • Application form
  • Two recommendation letters (at least one from a discipline specific faculty).
    • These letters can be sent directly by the faculty to .
  • Personal statement on interest in energy related topics and future goals
  • Resume (2 pages)
  • Applicants need to send the documents in a single zip or pdf file to 


  • Energy related cutting-edge immersive research and training
  • Intelligent research and professional development seminars and workshops
  • Hands-on training with real equipment
  • Field trips to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and industrial partner sites
  • Preparation of research papers and posters
  • Picnic and social activities
  • Saturday afternoon outreach session

Topic Areas

  • Solar photovoltaics optical and electrical modeling
  • Biomass pyrolysis, renewable and alternative energy resources
  • Selectively gas permeable anode flow field for direct formic acid fuel cells
  • High-energy-density lithium ion batteries
  • Energy harvesting with embedded piezoelectric transducers in additive manufacturing
  • Electricity generation from salinity gradients
  • Solar heat localization using nano porous medium
  • Economy of vehicle to grid (V2G) systems
  • Photovoltaic grid integration, MPPT and efficient power transfer
Contact Us

Dr. Indranil Bhattacharya
Phone: (931) 372-3352

Dr. Joeseph Biernacki
Phone: (931) 372-3667

Ms. Linda Lee
Phone: (931) 372-3615
Center for Energy Systems Research, Box 5032, PRSC 233
1020 Stadium Drive
Cookeville, TN 38505