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Women in PV Lunch - Past Speakers


Sheila Bailey - 45th IEEE PVSC Women in PV Lunch

Sheila Bailey has been a senior physicist working in photovoltaics at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) for 33 years. Her most recent projects include nanomaterials and nanostructures for space photovoltaics, quantum wire III-V solar cells and quantum dot alpha-voltaics. She has authored or co-authored over 170 journal and conference publications, 16 book chapters and two patents. She is on the Editorial Board of “Progress in Photovoltaics”. She is a member of the American Physical Society and a speaker for the American Institute of Physics Visiting Scientist Program. She is a member of AIAA Aerospace Power Systems technical committee and past member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society Photovoltaic Devices Committee. She was the chair of the 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion in 2006. She is president of the Lewis Engineers and Scientists Association, IFPTE Local 28. She was an adjunct professor at Baldwin Wallace College for 27 years and is currently an associate faculty member of the International Space University. She has a B.S. from Duke University in physics, a M.S. in physics from the Univ. of N.C. at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Manchester in England. She spent a post-doctoral year at the Royal Military College (part of the Univ. of New South Wales) in Canberra, Australia, She is the recipient of the faculty excellence award from Baldwin Wallace College and the Federal Women's Program award. She is an Ohio Academy of Science "Exemplar". She was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for her work in space photovoltaics. She has completed the Office of Personnel Management's Executive Potential Program. She was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003 by Ohio Gov. Taft.

Sheila has long been an advocate for women in STEM careers and is an active speaker with the NASA GRC Speakers Bureau as well as the APS speakers. Her world of space photovoltaics is a relatively small community across the world and she has met many interesting people and traveled to many places. The excitement of working with individuals putting solar power on Mars and traveling to other planets has always made her job fun and unique.



Kylie Catchpole - 43rd IEEE PVSC Women in PV Lunch

Kylie Catchpole is Associate Professor at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems in the Research School of Engineering at the Australian National University. Assoc. Prof. Catchpole's research focuses on using new materials and nanotechnology to improve solar cells. Her work on plasmonic solar cells was named as one of the top 10 emerging technologies in 2010 by MIT Technology Review, and in 2013 she was awarded a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. In 2015 she was awarded the John Booker Medal for Engineering Science from the Australian Academy of Science. She has over 90 publications and her work has also been featured in the news sections of Science magazine and The Economist.

Assoc. Prof. Catchpole graduated with a BSc majoring in physics from the Australian National University, winning a university medal. She continued on to complete her PhD at ANU focusing on thin crystalline solar cells. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New South Wales for several years, and her interest in nanophotonics and light trapping began at that time. She spent a year at the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam before returning to ANU in 2008.



Atiye Bayman - 42nd IEEE PVSC Women in PV Lunch

Dr. Atiye Bayman joined MiaSolé in 2007 as Vice President of Process Technology leading conversion efficiency improvement through thin film deposition and device characterization programs. She was promoted to Chief Technology Officer in 2013 overseeing research and development programs at MiaSolé. MiaSolé is a producer of lightweight, flexible and high power solar cells applicable to a wide variety of solutions ranging from commercial roofing solar panels to flexible mobile devices.

Prior to MiaSolé, Dr. Bayman worked in the semiconductor industry for 25 years in technology development programs for Novellus Systems, Synergy Semiconductor and Advanced Micro Devices.

Dr. Bayman holds a Ph.D. in solid state physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Science in physics from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.



Becca Jones-Albertus - 40th IEEE PVSC Women in PV Lunch

Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus is the Program Manager for Photovoltaics Research and Development in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office. Her team manages a multi-year portfolio of nearly $200 million in funding to advance solar cell efficiency and reliability and reduce cost, toward and beyond the goals of the SunShot Initiative.

Dr. Jones-Albertus has over a decade of experience working with solar cell materials and devices, from fundamental research and development to manufacturing. She began her research career looking at the strain response of amorphous silicon solar cells and low pressure deposition of organic solar cells. Her graduate research focused on electrical and optical characterization of group III-nitride alloys for photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical cells, including the discovery of p-type doping in InN. More recently, Dr. Jones-Albertus was the Characterization and Design Manager at Solar Junction, where she led work contributing to the development of the company's breakthrough dilute nitride solar cells, their two-time world record triple junction solar cells and then the successful transfer of that technology to a high volume manufacturing toolset. She has 34 technical publications and three patents.

Dr. Jones-Albertus graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S. in electrical engineering, and also holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


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