Polymer Composite and Materials Laboratory

Owens wins Class of 1954 Odyssey Fellowship

James Owens (pictured left), a sophomore in Chemical Engineering, was named the 2017 Class of 1954 Odyssey Fellow by the Virginia Tech Honors College. One of six fellowships awarded by the college each year, the Class of 1954 Odyssey Fellowship provides outstanding Honors students with unusual and interdisciplinary opportunities extending far beyond the classroom during their last two years of undergraduate study. Jim received a fellowship to cover up to $10,000 of his travel experience and university tuition.

Jim's undergraduate research has focused on multiple aspects of energy that he plans to leverage for his Odyssey experience. He worked on solar cell research during an REU at Drexel University in Summer 2016, and is now currently researching conductive transparent electrodes with Dr. Michael Bortner (pictured right), who also served as his faculty mentor throughout the selection process. Jim will use the fellowship to travel to South Africa and Denmark during the Summer of 2018 to conduct energy poverty research at the University of Cape Town and to study the economic and political factors affecting energy distribution. 

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