Deagen_Michael-SQ500First year ERC graduate student Michael Deagen (Material Science Engineering (MSE), RPI) is among the winners of the prestigious 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (NSFGRFP) competition. The GRFP offers awards directly to graduate students selected through a national competition, and provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period.

Deagen, co-advised by Professors Chaitanya Ullal and Linda Schadler, works on advanced secondary optics for multi-color LED systems. The Department of energy estimates that by 2027 such LEDs could save the equivalent annual output of 44 large electric power plants. Michael hopes to understand at a fundamental level the propagation of visible light through 3-D mesoscopic periodic structures and how to efficiently fabricate these structures. Working at Rensselaer enables Michael to synergistically leverage the strengths of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center as well as the expertise of the Ullal and Schadler groups in the Materials Science Engineering Department.