Emma Kaeli, a chemical engineering major, wants to make solar panels more efficient. In her first year at Northeastern, Kaeli worked on creating a material that could take heat from solar panels and turn it into electricity in Professor Katherine Ziemer’s lab. Kaeli also worked in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory researching thin film quantum dot solar cells, and she conducted research on novel foam and silicone at the Rogers Corporation Innovation Center.
In her sophomore year, Kaeli was one of 260 students nationwide to receive the Goldwater Scholarship. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in materials science and continue her work on photovoltaic materials, which she believes are essential to address global needs for environmental sustainability and human development.