David Berney Needleman

David (CV) is a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering at MIT. He uses a combination of 2- and 3-D TCAD simulations and experiment to determine how silicon solar cells with different architectures respond to structural defects and impurities. He received an M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2014. For his Master’s thesis, he developed design guidelines for spectral splitting optics for PV. He received a B.S. in physics in 2007 from the University of Oregon where he studied defect characterization of CIGS thin-film solar cells. He also spent a year in R&D for a solar thermal company in Cape Town, South Africa. Outside of the lab, you can probably find him skiing, hiking, or playing ultimate frisbee. David is a 2013 NDSEG Fellow.

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