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IRES with the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Key features of this international research experience

This is a paid summer research experience for 11 weeks with partners at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom to investigate the critical research areas of next-generation electrical power systems. This will involve developing environmentally-friendly transport systems and the human factors issues that accompany their use and adoption.  

Program Highlights

11-week summer program includes two phases:

  • Predeparture Workshops and Seminar at Virginia Tech: two workshops at Virginia Tech during the Spring 2024 semester, plus a four-week Research Planning Seminar to be held May 28 – June 21, 2024.
  • International Research Experience: A six-week research experience at the University of Nottingham working in collaboration with one of their internationally recognized research groups (below) from July 1 – Aug 9, 2024.

Students receive a $5,500 stipend, international travel (including roundtrip airfare, airport transportation, and international health insurance), and lodging in the UK during the research program


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled full-time at Virginia Tech
  • Graduate students or undergraduate juniors/seniors with at least 1 semester remaining following the summer you will be conducting research abroad
  • Open to engineering and science disciplines that correpond with participating research areas, including: electrical engineering, industrial systems engineering, materials science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and statistics


Applications for summer 2024 are now closed. Please contact Dr. Nicole Sanderlin at for more information.

Program Details

Virginia Tech students will be co-advised by two faculty mentors – one at Virginia Tech and the other based at a research group or center at the University of Nottingham. Students may join one of five research teams representing many different engineering and science disciplines:

Research Areas:

VT Faculty Mentors

Nottingham Research Group

Power electronics

Rolando BurgosChristina DiMarino

Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group (PEMC)

Human factors*

Joe Gabbard

Human Factors Research Group (HFRG)

Advanced manufacturing & composites

David DillardMike Bortner

Centre for Additive ManufacturingComposites Research Group

Rolls-Royce-related research

Changmin SonRui QiaoGeoff ViningHang YuTodd Lowe

UTC Gas Turbine and Transmissions Research Centre (G2TRC)

Advanced materials

Abby Whittington

Advanced Materials Research Group


*  HFRG has a course prerequisite, ISE 3614, offered in Spring 2022 at Virginia Tech.

Nottingham IRES Program Contacts

Dr. Nicole Sanderlin, Program Director

Tel:   540-231-1755
E-mail: Dr. Sanderlin

This program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Award #1854185).

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