University of KentuckyUK Center for Applied Energy Research UK College of EngineeringNational Science Foundation

Participating Students

Montre Glore

Montre J. Glore, who is originally from Paducah, Kentucky, joined UK's Computer Science engineering program in the fall of 2015. He received the William C. Parker Scholarship. Since the summer of 2016, he has been doing research under the mentorship of Dr. Christopher R. Swartz in the Electrochemical Power Sources Group at UK CAER, where his work has focused on developing a battery using material from bourbon stillage and hemp-based products. In addition, Montre has volunteered as tutor and during K-Week (UK’s fall welcome week for new students). His hobbies include reading and just enjoying some peace and quiet.

Sarah Hodges

Sarah Hodges, who is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, enrolled in UK's Chemical Engineering program in the fall of 2015. Sarah is a Patterson Scholar and a student in the Lewis Honors College. Since the summer of 2016 Sarah has been doing research under the mentorship of Dr. Bob Jewell and Dr. Tristana Duvallet in the Environmental and Coal Technologies group at UK CAER, where her work has focused on the piezoelectric effects of Ettringite in CSA cement and the effect on the formation of Ettringite in CSA cement of different pH solutions. In Summer 2016, Sarah received a Summer Research Grant from the University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research. Sarah is also a member of NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), SWE (Society of Women Engineers), and SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers). She spent her spring semester at UK volunteering as a tutor for students ranging from elementary school aged to high school aged at the Lexington Public Library and NERD SQUAD and is a UK 101 Peer Instructor for Fall 2016. In addition to research and academics, Sarah spends her time reading, cooking and participating in campus outreach ministries. Watch this UKCAER Highlight video of Sarah participating in STEM activities.

Asare Nkansah

Asare Nkansah, who is originally from Naperville, Illinois joined UK in the fall of 2015. He received a large scholarship from the William C. Parker foundation. Since the summer of 2016 Asare has been doing research in the Nanoscience division at Argonne National Lab, where his work has focused on simulating light interactions with a dielectric lens using Lumerical, a finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulation software. He presented his work at the National Lab to various executives and on-site officials. Asare is in Theta Chi fraternity and has spent a lot of time working at different philanthropies and helping organizations fundraise money to support their cause. He also enjoys playing basketball as well as spending late nights at the library.

Steven Roberts

Steven Roberts, who is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, joined UK Mining Engineering program in the fall of 2015. He received the William C. Parker scholarship. Since the summer of 2016, Steven has been doing research under the mentorship of Dr. Tristana Duvallet in the Environmental and Coal Technologies group at UK CAER, where his work has focused on testing different molds of slant shearing. Steven has also been very active on campus, joining several organizations such as MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences), NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), and UGP (Underground Perspective). Some of his many hobbies include playing and watching football and basketball, dancing, and playing chess.

Chelsea Roblinson

Chelsea Robinson, who is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, joined UK's mechanical engineering program in the fall of 2015. She has received the William C. Parker scholarship as well as the H. Dean Evans scholarship. Since the summer of 2016 Chelsea has been doing research under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Weisenberger and Ruben Sarabia in the Carbon Materials group of UK CAER. Her research consisted of working with thermoelectrics and improving the efficiency of these materials. She has also participated in outreach events helping to expose elementary school kids as well as high school students to STEM related fields. Chelsea's extracurricular activities include spending time with family and friends as well as photography. Watch this UKCAER Highlight video of Chelsea participating in STEM activities.