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AAMU Researchers Secure DoD Contract

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Huntsville, Ala. ---- An Alabama A&M University researcher and his colleagues have won a major contract from the Army Research Office.


Dr. Satilmis Budak, an AAMU electrical engineering associate professor, is the lead on a contract involving improvements to thermoelectric power generation and cooling systems.   

Budak and a team consisting of electrical engineers and a physicist were awarded a three-year contract for $558,524 for their proposal, “Development of Thermoelectric Power Generation and Peltier Cooling Properties of Materials for Thermoelectric Cryocooling Devices.”


Team members include Dr. Zhigang Xiao, associate professor, electrical engineering; Dr. Mohammad A. Alim, professor of electrical engineering; and Dr. R. Barry Johnson, physicist and research professor.


According to Dr. Budak, the project aims to develop improved materials for use in high-efficiency thermoelectric power generators and related cooling devices. 


Thermoelectric materials represent a highly researched area because of their promising applicability in the conversion of heat to energy and as an alternative energy source.

by Jerome Saintjones

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