Du is the first Temple faculty member recognized by this prestigious ORAU award.
Liang Du, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected for a prestigious Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). He is one of 37 chosen nationally for the award, which provides seed money for research by junior faculty at 121 ORAU member institutions.
Du was recognized for his research on developing sustainable and affordable methods to integrate high volume of electric vehicles into the electric power grid.
“I am excited to receive this recognition and what it represents: the opportunity to continue this work,” Du said. “It’s also a testament that Temple Engineering has recognized the growing importance of supporting sustainability, particularly in electric energy.”
According to Du’s submission, the U.S. Department of Energy noted that light-duty electric vehicle sales projected to reach 1.5 million by 2025, leveraging high-volume versions would reduce dependence on imported energy, relieving environmental pressures and further encourage sustainable development while impacting domestic manufacturing capabilities.
Prior to joining Temple, Du worked as an Electrical Engineer with Schlumberger at Sugar Land, TX after receiving his Ph.D. in Electric Energy from Georgia Institute of Technology.