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2024 International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability


About This NSF-IRES Porgram:

This International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) project will provide international research experiences for about 12 undergraduate and/or graduate students to carry out international collaborative researches at the University of Tokyo in Japan,  and  Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)  in China for 8 weeks.

The objective of the IRES project is to provide the future American engineers a global perspective and opportunities for their professional growth through meaningful international cooperative research training, networking and mentoring in the fields of renewable energy and environmental sustainability.

This project will bring together IRES participants, involved professors, Japanese/Chinese faculty members, and their graduate/undergraduate students with multi-cultural background in a multi-level learning experience infused with the excitement of discovery.

It will train participants conduct research in an international research environment to remain at the forefront of world science and technology, making them more proficient in the technical subjects. The program will provide opportunities for their professional development to build their future collaboration network and expose them to Japanese/Chinese culture and tradition, applicable technological trends and business practices.


Technical Themes of the NSF-IRES program:

The research themes of this IRES program are Renewable Energy  (i.e., renewable energy track) and Environmental Sustainability (i.e., environmental sustainability track). By leveraging the unique research facilities and instruments/equipment available at host Universities and under the supervision of the relevant  faulty mentors, the IRES students on "environmental sustainability track" will investigate the effects of blended biomass feedstocks and catalytic co-pyrolysis of biomass and plastic wastes for synergistic production of high quality biofuels and value-added chemicals, while the IRES students on "renewable energy track" will conduct comprehensive investigations relevant to wind turbine aeromechanics, such as, to quantify surface wind characteristics and to evaluate their effects on the aeromechanic performance and wake interferences of wind turbines sited over various complex terrains for higher total power yield and better durability of wind turbines operating on onshore and offshore wind farms.

In addition to working in the laboratory to conduct innovative research, the IRES students will also participate in various social and cultural exchanging activities in order to enhance student-faculty, student-mentor and student-student interactions to enable the IRES participants to build their personal friendship and professional connections with participating Japanese/Chinese mentors and students as well as among the IRES participants themselves on which to build networking for their future professional development and collaboration.


              Theme#1: "Renewable energy track"                                            Theme#2: "Environmental sustainability track"


NSF-IRES Summer Internship:

Duration of the NSF-IRES Summer Internship Program:

  •  From May 26, 2023 to  July 19, 2024 (8 weeks).

Stipend & Expenses covered by the NSF-IRES ummer InternshipProgram:

  • Up to $6,400 stipend for 8 weeks.

  • Up to $2,000 travel expenses.

  • Up to $1,600 additional subsistence for meals, housing, health insurance and other logistics.

Eligibility of the Applicants for the NSF-IRES Summer Internship:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

  • Graduate students or Junior/Senior undergraduate students with  the knowledge covered in relevant engineering courses, such as Math, Physics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics, etc...

  • Good GPA standing (GPA > 3.2).

  • Female and minority students are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline & Procedure:

  • Application deadline: February 18, 2024.

  • Finish the application form with the required information (Download 2024 IRES application form here).

  • Recent Curriculum Vitae with the listed of finished courses and the most recent GPA.

  • Two recommendation letters from your professors or supervisors

Principal Investigators (PIs) of the NSF-IRES Program:

Prof. Xianglan Bai
(the PI of Biomass Track)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

2070 Black Engineering Building
Tel: 515-294-6886
3116 Biorenewables Research Laboratory
Tel: 515-294-7669 

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011

Dr. Hui Hu
(the PI of Wind Energy Track)
Martin C. Jischke Professor  and Director
Advanced Flow Diagnostics and Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Iowa State University
2271 Howe Hall - Room 2251, Ames, IA 50011
Phone: (515) 294-0094


NSF-IRES Fellowship Awardees:

Mr. Ian Gonzalez

(2019 IRES @ NCUEP, China)

 Mr. James Larson

(2019 IRES @ NCUEP, China)

Mr. Brandon Vance 

(2019 IRES @ NCUEP, China)

 Mr. Aurelien Eric Le Denmat

(2019 IRES @ NCUEP, China)

 Mr. Joshua Fletcher

(2023 IRES @ AIST, Japan)

Mr. Pedro Salazar

(2023 IRES @ AIST, Japan)

 Miss Isabel Coffman

(2023 IRES @ AIST, Japan)

 Mr. Edward Chumbley

(2023 IRES @ PNU, S. Korea)

Mr. Gavan Jones

(2023 IRES @ PNU, S. Korea)

 Kiran Digavalli

(2023 IRES @ UiT, Norway)





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