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Hector Daniel Flores

Fullbright Scholar

 Hector Daniel Flores cares about keeping Earth sustainable. So, it’s only fitting that Flores picked Eastern Illinois University’s sustainable energy program to pursue his interests. Yet, unlike other students, Flores had the power to pick from any master’s program in the United States. And he chose EIU.

Flores, an international student from Honduras, earned the recognition as a Fulbright Scholar. The highly competitive scholar program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department, for the purpose of attracting others from different countries to study in the United States. The program pays for their schooling, and the scholars work with an adviser to pick a program that matches their academic interests. To Flores, it was only natural to pick EIU’s sustainable energy program focused on creating leaders and managers in the growing field. Click here to read more.

Patrick Lyons

Patrick Lyons

 Even though Patrick Lyons had already applied to the EIU School of Technology graduate studies, he knew he wanted to join the Master of Science in Sustainable Energy graduate program “the minute he heard rumors about the program developing.” His desire for success empowered him to be one of the first students to go through the dual degree program for a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy and a Master of Science in Technology. To read more about Patrick, click here.

Wei Wang

Wei_Wang_Featured Student  Wei Wang is a graduate student in Technology currently working with Dr. Peter Ping Liu and Dr. Jerry Cloward to compare the energy conversion efficiency from burning different biomass. According to Wei, higher conversion efficiency fuels could be identified through comparison, thus providing more alternatives for renewable energy resources and gradually replacing the burning of fossil fuels. To read more about Wei Wang and his research in energy conversion efficiency from burning different biomass, click here.

Sunil Thapa

Sunil Thapa  Sunil Thapa is the first applicant for the Masters of Science in Sustainable Energy program at EIU. He is an international student who grew-up in a rural community in the country of Nepal, a nation situated between India and China. Under the direction of Dr. Tom Canam, a faculty member in the EIU Biological Sciences Department, Suni is researching natural means (such as cellobiose dehydrogenase deficiet strain (m4D) of Trametes versicolor) to modify lignin from bioenergy crops such as Miscanthus straw. To read more about Sunil Thapa and his research in renewable energy and sustainable bioenergy, click here.