Events at PVSC

"Minority Carriers" Luncheon

Please join us on Tuesday June 16th for the first annual “Minority Carriers” luncheon.  This panel luncheon is an expansion of PVSC diversity and inclusion efforts.  This luncheon is open to all individuals who wish to attend.  Minority Carriers will provide attendees with professional development and career guidance that acknowledges the intersectionality and nuance of diversity today. All allies and individuals who self-identify as underrepresented in the PV community (i.e people of color, underrepresented nationalities, women, LGBTQ, first generation students, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and individuals with disabilities) are strongly encouraged to participate. The panelists are also diverse in career paths with representation from academia, government, and industry. PVSC 47 Minority Carriers panelist bios are included below:


Moderator: Lyndsey McMillon-Brown (@DrMcMillonBrown), is a researcher at NASA Glenn Research Center. Lyndsey received her B.S in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Miami University (OH, 2013) and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Yale University (2019). Her dissertation work focused on developing novel materials and patterns for advanced light trapping in solar cells. Dr. McMillon-Brown has been with NASA since 2011 where she has worked on a variety of space solar cell-related programs including thin film and organic cell development, and III-V durability studies. Lyndsey is currently leading a research effort on perovskite solar cells, a promising material for space photovoltaics.

Outside of the lab, Lyndsey is dedicated to increasing opportunities for underrepresented individuals in STEM fields. As an alumna, she challenges her institutions to facilitate cultural changes that provide more inclusive environments for their students. She serves on Miami University’s Women’s Advisory Committee to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing and she’s a NASA NextGen Ambassador. Lyndsey is also the founder and co-organizer of the Minority Carrier’s Luncheon.


Joseph Berry (@joe_jberry) is a senior scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He is a graduate of the Penn State Department of Physics, receiving his PhD for work on spin physics of magnetic II-VI, III-V and hybrid metallic/semiconductor systems. After his PhD work he was awarded a National Research Council Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST/JILA), where he worked on the development and application of high-resolution spectroscopic techniques to solid-state electro-optical systems, including self-assembled quantum dots and related nanostructures. Since joining NREL he has worked on a range of next generation optoelectronic materials and devices with an emphasis on relating basic interfacial properties to device level performance (i.e. efficiency and stability). His research interests have led to his current work as team lead on the metal-halide perovskite solar cells systems, a next generation technology of considerable interest.


Tyler Grassman is an assistant professor at The Ohio State University in the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering. He’s a member of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering “Diversity and Inclusivity Committee.”   A first-generation student, he earned a B.A. in Chemistry at the University of Oregon, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.  His research interests focus on atoms-to-devices investigation of novel and integrated semiconductor materials for optoelectronics and photovoltaics applications, and the development and application of multi-scale and correlative electron microscopy methods for the characterization of defects and structure-property relationships in functional materials.


65A09D40Dr. Nikhil Jain is currently the Manager of Device Development at Alta Devices, where he is responsible for forward-looking device and materials R&D to develop next generation of high-efficiency, thin-film, and flexible solar cells. Dr. Jain has over 10 years of experience leading and contributing to projects at academic institutes, national labs and in industry in the field of compound semiconductor materials & devices. In 2017, Dr. Jain along with his colleagues demonstrated two solar cell efficiency world records at 32.6% (one-sun) and 35.5% under concentrated sunlight while working with US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 2017. He has authored or co-authored over 55 peer reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings and has 6 patents & applications.

Dr. Jain received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign in 2010 and a Ph.D. in the same field from Virginia Tech in 2015. Dr. Jain has been with Alta Devices since 2017, prior to which he was a Postdoctoral III-V Materials Scientist with the III-V group at NREL.  Dr. Jain has also worked at a solar-cell start-up, Semprius and in the field of solid-sate lighting at Philips Lighting. He is an immigrant from New Delhi, India and a first-generation doctorate degree recipient.


Adrienne Stiff-Roberts is Jeffrey N. Vinik Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, where she is also Director of Graduate Studies for the University Program in Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Stiff-Roberts received a B.S. in physics from Spelman College (1999), a B.E.E. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech (1999), and an M.S.E. in electrical engineering (2001) and a Ph.D. in applied physics (2004) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Stiff-Roberts is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, the IEEE Early Career Award in Nanotechnology of the Nanotechnology Council, and the PECASE. Her current research interests include organic and hybrid thin-film deposition by resonant-infrared matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (RIR-MAPLE); materials characterization of organic and hybrid thin films; and the design, fabrication, and characterization of organic and hybrid optoelectronic devices, especially infrared photodetectors, photovoltaic solar cells, and multi-functional sensors.