Magnolia Solar Corp. has appointed Dr. Thomas Surek to its technical advisory board. Surek's career in photovoltaics dates back more than 37 years to the formative stages of U.S. terrestrial PV programs.
He began his pioneering work on the growth of shaped silicon crystals at Harvard University in 1973, followed by research at Mobil Tyco Solar Energy Corp. from 1975 to 1978. Surek's work on shaped crystal growth of silicon has culminated in the first of the new PV technologies to be commercialized on a large scale – the edge-defined, film-fed growth process, Magnolia Solar says.
Surek joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 1978 and served in a program management capacity during his entire NREL career of nearly 29 years until his retirement in July 2007. For his last 20 years at NREL, he led research and development activities in thin-film photovoltaics as manager of the NREL PV Program for the U.S. Department of Energy.
SOURCE: Magnolia Solar