Talk about moving up in the world. An undergraduate working in the Solar Power Lab at Arizona State, Steven Limpert, was congratulated by many after he received a grant by the Circumnavigators Club Foundation. This grant will allow Limpert to travel to different countries in Summer 2011 to study the development of solar technologies and the commercial market.
Only four of these grants are awarded from the Circumnavigators foundation each year, and recipients of this travel-study grant travel to three continents, visiting 6 countries in order to improve relations among other countries, gain experience internationally, and talk and visit with some of the most powerful solar technology sites.
He will visit Japan, Australia, India, Spain, Bangladesh, and Germany. This trip won’t be all pleasure, though. While he is there, he will be compiling a case study and speaking with business professionals, professors, government officials, and more.
A Little Bit About Steven:
A junior Electrical Engineering major and an enthusiastic trumpet-playing musician, has been interested in jazz since his arrival to ASU in 2006, and has won several awards since then. He even plans to bring his beloved trumpet along and scope out a few jazz sessions while he’s on his 12 week excursion. Steven Limpert began working in the Solar Power Lab since Summer 2010, works alongside Prof. Stephen Goodnick and Prof. Stuart Bowden.
In His Own Words:
“If only a tiny fraction of solar radiation were converted into useable energy, the world’s current electricity demands would be met”.
“The fact that solar powered electricity is highly desirable but comparatively expensive has put government policymakers in a difficult position. There is no precedent for the industry’s responses to recent subsidy cutbacks and policy changes.”
“I’m convinced that working in the field of solar energy is both a viable personal pursuit and a worthwhile societal contribution. I am very excited about the prospect of studying the solar energy technology industry throughout the world.”