Elizabeth Valdes

Mentor:

Dr. Saeed Moghaddam

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Minor: Spanish

Research Interests: Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Global Warming

Academic Awards: Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipient (2015-2016), Broward County Salute to Education Scholarship Recipient For Athletics (2015-2016), Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Dean’s List (2016-2017), Emerging Scholars Program (2016-2017)

Organizations: Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Volunteer:

Hobbies and Interests: Intramural sports, horseback riding

Research Description:

Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolysis

In water electrolysis, energy (usually acquired via solar energy) is used to split water molecules into pure hydrogen and pure oxygen. Hydrogen is a form of clean energy that is much easier to store than other forms of renewable energy like solar power. The goal behind this research is to improve PEM (proton exchange membrane) water electrolysis efficiency to the point where it can be commercialized thus solving the problem of renewable energy storage.