Wind energy expert, Navajo member to speak at UND, recruit students for science jobs at Sandia National Laboratory

A Navajo tribal member and wind energy expert  from the Sandia National Laboratories  will speak Wednesday, April 11, in Harrington Hall on the campus of the University of North Dakota. He’ll also help out with a some job recruiting while he’s here.

Dr. Stan Atcitty, currently, a principal member of the technical staff at the Sandia National Laboratories in the Wind Energy Technologies Department, will present a lecture titled “Power Applications in Grid Storage Systems” at 11 a.m., in Harrington, room 218, part of the UND School of Engineering and Mines. He will be accompanied by Mike Kline, diversity and outreach manager for Sandia National Laboratories. Kline is interested in recruiting UND students to work for the company. The lecture is open to the public  and all UND students.

Dr. Atcitty also will have a variety of meetings with students on April 11, including a session with regional tribal college faculty members and students, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in Swanson Hall, room 17; a discussion with American Indian students, from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., in Swanson Hall, room 17; a pick-up basketball game at the UND Wellness Center, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (open to all students); and dinner with UND American Indian Science and Engineering Society students,  from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.

About Dr. Stan Atcitty:
Dr. Atcitty is a member of the Navajo Tribe, and his wife and children are members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, a portion of which is in North Dakota.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the New Mexico State University in 1993 and 1995, respectively. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech University in 2006. He has worked at Sandia for over 17 years. His interests in research include power conversion systems and electrochemical capacitors and their application in electric power systems both off-grid and grid-tied.

At Sandia, he currently specializes as a power electronics researcher and energy storage consultant with the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Energy Storage Program.”  He is the recipient of four national “R&D 100 Awards.”  These awards are widely recognized as the “Oscars of innovation,” celebrating the top high-tech products of the year.

Helpful link:
Energy.gov: Office of Economic Impact and Diversity http://energy.gov/diversity/articles/success-sandia-attracting-top-native-american-stem-professionals-department

Sandia National Laboratories
http://www.sandia.gov/

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
http://www.aises.org/

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