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Malcolm Porterfield Offered National GEM Fellow Position at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Malcolm Porterfield Offered National GEM Fellow Position at Los Alamos National Laboratory



By Torie Wells

November 23, 2020

Malcolm Porterfield, a doctoral student in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been offered the position of National GEM Consortium Fellow in the Technology Development Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Porterfield completed his undergraduate degree at Rensselaer, before continuing to work on his Ph.D. He was an intern at Los Alamos National Lab for two years before receiving this honor.


His research focuses on the viability of converting thermal energy to electrostatic energy, for waste heat applications. Porterfield is part of the lab led by Diana-Andra Borca-Tasciuc, a professor in MANE at Rensselaer.


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