Ph.D. students and National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSF-IGERT) Fellow Kristy Jost and NSF-IGERT Fellow Carlos Pérez (both advised by Yury Gogotsi) swept the competition in the 2012 NSF-IGERT Video and Poster Competition. Their video on Energy Textiles and accompanying poster won the Judges', Community, and Public Choice Awards, the only work out of 114 entries to receive all three awards.
The competition featured one entry from each of the 114 NSF-IGERT programs from around the country. Kristy and Carlos's poster entitled, "Energy Textiles: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Wearable Energy Storage" was also co-authored by Ph.D. student John (Jake) McDonough (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) and Professor Genevieve Dion, Program Director of the Department of Fashion Design.
Kristy's work is a multidisciplinary approach to energy storage, utilizing her background in both fashion design and materials science and engineering to create flexible supercapacitors. Her research is conducted between the Gogotsi Nanomaterials Group and Dion's Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory. Kristy has been supported by the Drexel/UPenn IGERT program in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSF DGE-0654313) and is a recipient of the Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP).