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Dr. Charlee Bennett

Postdoctoral researcher helps reduce costs of producing alternative energy

Dr. Charlee Bennett

Charlee Bennett, Ph.D., served as the associate lead from 2009 to 2011 in developing the Center for Advanced Thin Film Systems (CATS) laboratory at ORNL through the Postdoctoral Research Associate Program, managed by ORAU. There, she studied solar technologies to help companies reduce costs of producing alternative energy.

Although originally interested in electrical engineering, Bennett noticed her university's materials science program and was attracted to the versatile application in a number of industries. She holds master's and doctorate degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida and a bachelor's degree in mathematics-physics from Agnes Scott College.

At ORNL, she helped identify better ways of creating solar energy and has learned the importance of networking with mentors and other scientists. Following her fellowship, she intends to continue making headway in the field of alternative energy.