Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Jennifer Dionne’s research investigates metamaterials — engineered materials with optical and electrical properties not found in nature — for applications ranging from enhanced solar energy generation to subwavelength optical imaging and nanophotonic manipulation.
The recipient of many young investigator achievements, she received the NSF CAREER Award (2012), AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2011), Technology Review Top Young Innovator Award (2011), Hellman Fellowship (2011), Terman Fellowship (2010), Clauser Prize for Best Caltech Thesis (2009) and MRS Gold Medal Graduate Student Award (2008). Dionne holds two patents, and her work has been featured in Science and Nature.
Director of Product Development, SoCore Energy
Frank Bergh has carried his desire to use his engineering skills to help others in his current job as director of engineering for SoCore Energy, which provides rooftop solar energy systems for commercial, retail and industrial customers.
Based in Chicago, he leads a team of 11 engineers and architects to bring solar power to businesses in the U.S. and in Latin America. Recently, he traveled to Mexico as part of an international delegation to meet with government officials and Mexican construction companies, suppliers and distributors to discuss the future of solar energy in Mexico. He also recently returned from auditing six solar-energy manufacturing facilities in China.
In addition, Bergh is a contributing editor for Engineering for Change, a website focused on international humanitarian development and appropriate technology. He teaches an online course titled “Technology and Community-
Based Development” at Colorado State University and Duke University through Village Earth, a grassroots support
organization partnering with indigenous communities worldwide.
Lead Product Designer, Windmill Health
Radhika Agarwal had worked for four startups as an undergraduate and started her own, through the School of Engineering & Applied Science’s 2014-15 Discovery Competition, called Bridge, a non-monetary skill and resource exchange for local communities.
Through her work with those startups, she had worked in medical product development and design and honed her entrepreneurial skills. She had an international background as well, having grown up in Singapore and later studied abroad at University College London, so she was excited to experience life in a drastically different city. After Agarwal’s first three months with Windmill Health in India, the company has implemented its device in hospitals across India and plans to expand globally by the end of the year. She is now lead product designer of the company, assisting the CEO in developing key strategic partnerships for global implementation and designing the company’s next-generation products ready for 2017 release.