Scott Cushing, who earned his Ph.D. in physics and astronomy from WVU in 2015, has won the 2016 Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation Plasmonic Enhancement Mechanisms in Solar Energy Harvesting.
examines why plasmonics, the study of interactions between electromagnetic
field and free electrons in metal, rarely appear in solar architecture. Cushing
was mentored at WVU by Nick Wu and Alan Bristow. As a student at WVU, Cushing
was a 2010 Goldwater Scholar and a recipient of an NSF Graduate Research
Fellowship. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Leone Group at the
University of California, Berkeley.
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