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March 1, 2006

Solar Energy Is Subject Of March 2 Lecture

Vikram L. Dalal, Whitney Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, director of the Microelectronics Research Center, and the 2005 David R. Boylan Eminent Faculty Award for Research at the Iowa State University College of Engineering, will present the annual Iowa Distinguished Faculty in Engineering Lecture from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursday, March 2 in Room 2229, Summers Electronic Classroom, Seamans Center on the University of Iowa Campus.

His lecture, "Solar Energy Conversion Using Nanocrystalline Si," is free and open to the public. In his talk, Dalal will: point out that President Bush committed the U.S. government to significant funding increases in solar power in his State of the Union address; note that the industry is growing at 40 to 50 percent per year; and describe some of the research being done at ISU to improve efficiency and reduce cost.

Dalal, who earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1969, has played a major role in establishing ISU's research programs in semiconductor and opto-electronic materials and devices. His current research focuses on thin film semiconductors, nanocrystalline Si materials and photovoltaic energy conversion materials and devices.

Initiated in 1994, the Iowa Distinguished Engineering Faculty Lecture Series is a shared program between the Colleges of Engineering at the UI and ISU. The lectures are intended to enable winners of the annual Engineering Research Award at each College of Engineering to lecture to students and faculty on both the visiting and home university campuses.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the College of Engineering in advance at 319-335-5764.

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