July 21, 2021

Duke Engineering Student Wins Clean Energy Prize

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Duke Engineering Student Wins Clean Energy Prize

The Duke University Energy Initiative and Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative have awarded the 2021 Clean Energy Prize to Michael Valerino, a Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering.

The Clean Energy Prize ($10,000) helps fund Duke students to pursue novel ideas, potential products, or services that advance an accessible, reliable, affordable and clean energy future.

The 2021 Prize will support Valerino’s project team to develop an interactive, data-driven platform aimed at reducing dust-related solar energy losses.

“We enthusiastically support Michael’s continued exploration of energy data analytics and using it to develop management tools with the potential to transform how we expand clean energy. We look forward to following his progress,” said Brian Murray, Ph.D., interim director of the newly merged Duke University Energy Initiative and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions,