Moving into the next granting year, the Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Foundation would like to thank Dr. Robert Legros, who has acted as a grant advisor for the last two years. Over the two years with the Foundation, Dr. Legros was an impactful member and helped to award over $60,000 worth of research grants to deserving graduate research projects across the country. We wish Dr. Legros the best of luck with his future endeavors.
With Dr. Legros leaving, the Foundation is happy to announce the appointment of a new grant advisor: Dr. Ryan Anderson. Dr. Anderson is an associate professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Montana State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (2012) and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in History from Bucknell University (2007). While completing his PhD at UBC, Dr. Anderson became good friends with Tyler.
Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He has many research interests and expertise, including porous media and transport phenomena, packed bed thermal energy storage for concentrated solar power, two-phase flow in proton exchange membrane fuel cells, near-critical heat transfer, and reducing energy consumption in mining.
Professor Anderson had this to say about becoming a grant advisor:
Being a grant advisor for scholarships in clean energy holds a profound and heartfelt significance for me. Tyler and I’s experiences as graduate students at UBC in Chemical and Biological Engineering and our countless skiing adventures forged a strong bond between us. Tyler’s passion for the environment and clean energy was clear, and it is a passion I share now as a professor focusing on clean energy projects. Joining as an advisor to carry on his legacy felt like the natural course of action for me – there was no hesitation but immediate excitement, respect, and a humbling sense of responsibility. I am eager to contribute to the selection of scholarship winners who will not only carry Tyler’s passion forward but also make a tangible impact in the world of clean energy.