||WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will deliver the 2013 Pioneers in Energy keynote lecture at 10:30 a.m. July 17 in the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 1010.
Greg Wilson, who has led the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory since 2011, will give the lecture, "Building on 35 Years of Progress: The Next 10 years of Photovoltaic Research at NREL." The talk, sponsored by the Purdue Energy Center in Discovery Park, is free and open to the public.
"What a treat for Purdue to have Greg Wilson as the 2013 Pioneers in Energy lecturer and this event's mission to increase understanding of specific energy challenges. This event will promote interactions with prominent scientists for building a stronger Purdue energy research community across colleges and departments," said event host Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue. "Greg has become a passionate champion of the role that solar photovoltaics can play as an essential, contributor to the world's energy mix."
Wilson brings 17 years of experience in silicon research and in photovoltaic leadership to the National Center for Photovoltaics, which is in Golden, Colo. At MEMC, he evaluated emerging photovoltaic technologies and helped spearhead MEMC's acquisition of SunEdison.
At MEMC, Wilson was responsible for the five-year, $90 million effort that led to the development of MEMC's silicon-on-insulator and layer transfer technologies. He also worked as director of New Material Research & Development, which included research on solar cells.
Wilson holds a doctorate of science and a master's degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor's in chemical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.