The selection committee for the ITRI-Rosenfeld Fellowship has announced the winner. It is Joshua Apte, a Research Associate in the Electronics Lighting and Network Group of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division.
Apte is also a PhD candidate in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. He conducts research on the environmental and health impacts of energy, transportation and other urban infrastructure systems. His dissertation employs mathematical models and field measurements to characterize human exposure to motor vehicle air pollution, emphasizing conditions in developing countries.
The award was announced in a ceremony attended by a group that included Scientist Emeritus Art Rosenfeld, Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, Deputy Director Horst Simon, Environmental Energy Technologies Division Director Ashok Gadgil, Deputy Division Director Robert Kostecki, and a delegation from the Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan (ITRI) including: Dr. Hsin-Shen Chu (Former Executive Vice President, ITRI), Dr. Wu-Chi Ho (Deputy General Director of Green Energy Labs, GEL), Dr. Chia-Ming Liu (Manager of Planning Division, GEL), Dr. Shoung Ouyang (Technical Director of Resource Division of GEL), Dr. Ren-Chain (Joseph) Wang (Deputy Director of Planning Division, ITRI), and Dr. Shao-Hwa (Sean) Wang (President, ITRI International).
The ITRI-Rosenfeld Fellowship will allow its winner to engage in innovative research leading to new energy efficiency technologies or policies and reduction of adverse energy-related environmental impacts.
Since was announced in August 2012, the committee received 17 outstanding applications for the fellowship. Over several months, a rigorous selection process began with scrutiny of the applications by a high-level Scientific Selection Committee to select the top three finalists, followed by presentations by the finalists and finally interviews to select the winner.
The fellowship has been provided with support from ITRI. It honors the contributions of Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Ph.D., fondly known as the Father of Energy Efficiency for his work towards the advancement of energy efficiency on a global scale. In the 1970s, Dr. Rosenfeld pioneered energy efficiency technology research at what would become the Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division.