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Dr. Deidra Hodges awarded NSF BRIGE grant

Dr. Deidra Hodges awarded NSF BRIGE grant

Dr. Deidra HodgesMarietta, Ga. (Oct. 21, 2011) – Dr. Deidra Hodges, an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering in the Division of Engineering, was recently awarded a competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grant in Engineering (BRIGE).

She received a two-year grant of $175,000 for her proposal, “CZTS Thin-Films and Solar Cells by Liquid-Based Techniques.”

The BRIGE program provides research funding to beginning engineers with the goal of increasing the diversity of researchers in the engineering disciplines. Dr. Hodges, who completed her doctorate in December 2009 at the University of South Florida, is doing research that could lead to lowering the cost of fabricating high-efficiency solar cell devices through the use of abundant, low cost, non-toxic elements such as copper, zinc, tin and sulfur (CZTS).