Denise Wilson featured on The Best of Our Knowledge

BobBarrettAs always, host Bob Barrett selects an Academic Minute to air during The Best of Our Knowledge.

Each week this program examines some of the issues unique to college campuses, looks at the latest research, and invites commentary from experts and administrators from all levels of education.

For this week‘s edition (#1319), Bob has selected Denise Wilson‘s segment that explores the amount of arsenic in our favorite wines. Denise Wilson is a professor in the department of electrical engineering at the University of Washington.


Our research is focused in two areas: (a) engineering education; and (b) sensors and photovoltaics. In both areas, we look at research questions whose answers add to the basic knowledge in the field and also inform applications of that knowledge. For example, in engineering education, we seek to understand the role that belonging plays in the undergraduate experience (basic knowledge) but also to apply that knowledge to increase persistence of engineers after they graduate. In photovoltaics, we look at basic questions regarding the viability of alternative PV technologies in portable and grid applications, but also work to develop optimized array management systems that when applied, increase energy harvested from a portable system, regardless of the component PVs in the system.logo_3

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