Alyssa Lu

Alyssa Lu

After being in two labs, participating in PURM, conducting independent study research, and working for the Kleinman Center, I have encountered many benefits and challenges of doing research at Penn that I would be happy to share with aspiring researchers. I am separately a part of CURF's Undergraduate Advisory Board which works to connect undergraduates to CURF resources through events and information distribution. If you have any questions about getting started in research, being active in CURF, or more specifically about my research field/department, I would love to answer them.

My research expertise lies in energy. During my junior year, I did research on energy policy and legislation with the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. Prior to that, I worked with Dr. Pikul on studying the technical and economic benefits of a zinc-iodide battery system and writing a review paper on energy storage systems. I also previously worked on fuel cell catalysis in Dr. Gorte's lab.

  • January 2019-May 2019: Research Assistant, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Gorte Lab (fuel cell/catalysis research)
  • June 2019-August 2019: Research Assistant through PURM, Mechanical Engineering, Pikul Lab (research conducted on batteries with application in grid storage)
  • August 2019-May 2020: Independent Study Research Assistant in the Pikul Group
  • August 2020-May 2021: Research Assistant, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

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