COAST GUARD ACADEMY CADET RE­CEIVES FUL­BRIGHT TO STUDY EN­ERGY EN­GI­NEER­ING

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New Lon­don — Coast Guard Academy First-class cadet Erin Wright has been awarded a 2018-19 Ful­bright schol­ar­ship to pur­sue a Master of Phi­los­o­phy de­gree in en­ergy en­gi­neer­ing at New­cas­tle Univer­sity in the United King­dom.

The Ful­bright U.S. Stu­dent Pro­gram of­fers re­search, study and teach­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in more than 140 coun­tries to grad­u­ate stu­dents, and aims to in­crease mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween the U.S. and other coun­tries.

Wright is sched­uled to grad­u­ate from the academy with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing on May 23.

As a ju­nior, Wright worked on a hy­brid per­for­mance project su­per­vised by the U.S. Depart­ment of En­ergy and an­a­lyzed how a fuel cell and a gas tur­bine op­er­at­ing in a sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship can in­crease the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of a power gen­er­a­tion sys­tem. In the sum­mer of 2017, she con­trib­uted to re­search in the Bray­ton Cy­cle Lab­o­ra­tory at San­dia Na­tional Lab­o­ra­to­ries in Al­bu­querque, N.M., where she helped model a sys­tem that con­verts so­lar power to elec­tri­cal en­ergy us­ing a Su­per­crit­i­cal CO2 Bray­ton Cy­cle.

Wright's Ful­bright re­search project will be on the bio­fuel com­bus­tion process in diesel en­gines. She plans to ex­plore the ef­fects of nanopar­ti­cle ad­di­tives to biodiesel as a method for de­creas­ing emis­sion lev­els and in­creas­ing en­gine ef­fi­ciency.

Wright will be con­duct­ing her re­search at the Sir Joseph Swan Cen­tre for En­ergy Re­search at New­cas­tle Univer­sity.

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