ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow
U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Shamara Collins is an ORISE Science Technology and Policy Fellow in the Solar Energy Technologies Office supporting the Soft Costs team. Since joining the office in August 2018, she has been involved with designing and managing the Solar District Cup an innovative student design competition. In addition, she lends expertise to projects related to workforce development and training, community solar, and access to renewable energy for historically marginalized groups and parts of the country.
Shamara received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida. Her graduate research included the fabrication of dye-synthesized solar cells and her dissertation focused on the use of photoluminescence to characterize the effects of various fabrication conditions on the defect levels within the energetic diagram of CdTe thin-film solar cells. Shamara was a National Science Foundation LSAMP Bridge the Doctorate Fellow from 2012 to 2014, NSF Graduate Research Fellow from 2014 to 2017, and McKnight Doctoral Fellow from 2017 to 2018. She received her B.S. in electrical engineering from Morgan State University, where she developed a hybrid-inverter and solar charge controller.
A native Marylander, Shamara now calls the D.C. area home and strives to ensure all communities have access to the wonders of solar energy technologies.
Tuesday, September 24
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM