The goal of ARPA-E is to advance high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. ARPA-E empowers America’s energy researchers with funding, technical assistance, and market readiness. ARPA-E fellows are tasked with generating new ideas and connecting with leading experts to create cross-disciplinary solutions to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy imports, and reduce emissions. This talk will explore the inner workings of the agency, and discuss some of the programs and projects that are currently being developed and funded. Dr Huddar will also discuss her own experience as a new ARPA-E fellow, and talk about her background and why she decided to pursue this opportunity. This talk should be especially insightful for advanced PhD students of all disciplines who are interested in the ARPA-E fellowship program.
Dr Lakshana Huddar currently serves as an ARPA-E Fellow. Her interests include advanced geothermal systems, ocean carbon sequestration, and nuclear reactor design. Huddar received her Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of California, Berkeley developing advanced nuclear reactors designs. While at Berkeley, she was a graduate student researcher at the Thermal Hydraulics Laboratory where she worked on designing scaled separate effects heat transfer experiments in support of developing fluoride-salt-cooled high temperature reactors. From 2013-2016, Huddar was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Huddar earned a MEng in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, London.