The Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering presents a 2023–2024 seminar series featuring guest speaker Rebecca Glaudell, a senior process engineer at MicroLink Devices, Inc., who will present a talk on “From the Lab to the Sky: Manufacturing High-Performance Solar Cells.” This event will take place on Wednesday, October 11, in room 104 of the Rettaliata Engineering Center (Auditorium) from 3:30–4:30 p.m. This event is open to the public.
Founded in 2000, MicroLink Devices specializes in metal-organic chemical vapor deposition of III-V epitaxial material and fabrication of lightweight, flexible, high-efficiency solar cells. Dr. Glaudell will discuss the science and engineering of high-volume solar cell manufacturing, with a focus on epitaxial lift-off of semiconductor foils and the skills that enable a career transition from academia to industry.
Dr. Glaudell joined MicroLink Devices in 2021. Previously, Dr. Glaudell received her PhD in Physics at CalTech while studying interface optimization for photovoltaic devices. Her research included fabrication and characterization of epitaxy-free III-V, silicon microcells, and silicon heterojunction photovoltaic devices. At MicroLink, Dr. Glaudell is involved in solar cell fabrication, the demonstration of MicroLink’s solar sheets on the wing surfaces of UAV’s for extended endurance, the development of a stowable 65-W PV-battery module for UAV remote charging, and long-life betavoltaic batteries for remote field and medical device applications.