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2015 Goldwater Nominees

January 28, 2015

Congratulations to Drexel's nominees for the 2015 Goldwater Scholarship – Anthony Abel, Brian Goddard, Michael Koerner, and Anjli Patel.

Anthony Abel (Chemical Engineering, BS, ’17, Honors) is developing novel photoelectrochemical systems for solar water splitting, and focuses specifically on solution processing and low-cost materials in the hopes of making these devices economically attractive for universal implementation (Advisor: Prof. Jason Baxter). Anthony was also a STAR Scholar in Dr. Baxter's lab. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys playing squash, watching football, and reading.

Brian Goddard (Physics and Mathematics, BS, ’16, Honors) worked with Prof. Charles Lane of the Physics department as part of the STAR program his freshman year and then performed experimental nuclear isomer research for both his 1st and 2nd co-ops at the Army Research Laboratory. For his final co-op he will be working with Prof. Michelle Dolinski of the Physics department on the PROSPECT collaboration's reactor antineutrino spectrum measurement. Brian plans to work in experimental nuclear or particle physics.

Michael Koerner (Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences, BS, ’17, Honors) is a third year Biomedical Engineering student with a concentration in Biomedical Devices and Imaging. He is currently working on the Exo-Skin soft robotic exoskeleton interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Cohen of the Bioimage Lab, Professor Genevieve Dion of the Shima Seiki Haute Tech Lab, and Dr. Jane Fedorczyk of the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences. He plans to pursue his PhD in Biomedical Engineering after graduating from Drexel. Michael is also involved in the student branch of Drexel’s IEEE chapter.

Anjli Patel (Chemical Engineering, BS, ’16, Honors) is a junior chemical engineering student minoring in materials science and engineering. Anjli began her undergraduate research experience in Drexel’s STAR program studying nanostructured copper oxide solar cells with Dr. Baxter in the CBE department. This experience opened her eyes to research as a career possibility, and she continued working in Dr. Baxter's lab investigating photoelectrochemical water splitting for hydrogen generation. After she graduates from Drexel, she plans to pursue a PhD in semiconducting materials for solar energy applications, and ultimately hopes to be a materials researcher in the photovoltaics industry.


The Goldwater Scholarship was established by Congress in 1986, with the goal of recognizing the nation's top undergraduates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. For more information please email Meredith Wooten, Assistant Director, Fellowships Office.