Nicole Swatton’s love of the desert climate and interest in solar energy brought her to Arizona State University in 2018. Swatton found a home with the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering where she is immersed in the power and energy sector of electrical engineering and moreover the renewable power and energy sectors. She is pursuing a minor in sustainability in order to understand the social and economic facets of energy as well.

“I believe that solar energy will be the solution to the current electrical grid’s energy problems,” says Swatton. “It needs to continue to be developed for future technologies”

She is a member of the Defect Engineering for Energy Conversion Technology Lab (DEfECT) lab on campus and is an assistant researcher on silicon wafer spalling. Nicole is currently studying space applications of photovoltaics through a NASA Internship where she has been able to work on solar cells will be launched to space in 2021! She has been involved in IEEE as the Undergraduate Chair, Fulton Ambassadors, is a Medallion Scholar, and a Young Engineers Shape the World Mentor.