The MLEF is a highly competitive 10-week summer educational fellowship program for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) majors. MLEF is sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. Students are onsite at NETL researching for 9 weeks, followed by a 1-week technical forum at an offsite location.
Victoria Toetz is a physics student at Wittenberg University who collaborated with mentor John Brewer at the NETL Morgantown lab. Victoria is interested in the U.S. energy system and learned more about energy generation and consumption during her research stint at NETL. Victoria says she loves physics because it is challenging and rewarding and because she enjoys solving a problem.
Troy Christiansen is a chemical engineering major from Rowan University who interned as a Mickey Leland Energy Fellow at NETL. While under the guidance of mentor Daniel Haynes of the Lab’s Reaction Engineering Team, Troy focused on expanding his knowledge of catalysts and their uses in the energy industry to aid his career goal of increasing the efficiency of liquid and gas fuel production.
Tian Yu Yen, an applied mathematics student at the University of Colorado Denver, spent the summer at the NETL Pittsburgh site as part of the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship program. With the help of his mentor, Jan Steckel, he learned more about neural networks and machine learning.