Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with operations in 14 states. Dominion has a portfolio of approximately 20,400 megawatts of generation and 6,455 miles of electric transmission lines, and operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 928 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves utility and retail energy customers in 13 states.

Research Areas:

  • Clean energy technology with specific focus on natural gas optimization, liquefaction and distribution
  • Wind energy development focusing on variability and environmental consequences
  • Solar energy
  • Sustainable nuclear power generation stressing safety, environmental stewardship and alternative applications
  • Smart-grid technology including grid integration of renewables
  • Domestic energy security and emergency response

Andres Coello

  • Department: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Interests: Implementing an energy system project that will help undergraduate students learn about controls, mechanical and electrical engineering in a hands-on environment.
  • How will this award help you? This fellowship will help me focus in my research in an incredible university such as Virginia Tech.
  • Background: During my undergraduate studies, I interned for Mercedes Benz USA in controls systems for the Sprinter Van. During my senior year, I joined the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team as a controls team member. In 2016, I obtained my bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. After my graduation, I started my master's in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. As a graduate student, I am involved with the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team managing approximately 60 students to reengineer a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. In addition, I was an intern in Textron Specialized Vehicles in the commercial engineering department working on an off-road vehicle.


Chase Altizer

  • Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Hometown: Wytheville, VA
  • Interests: Applications of ultrasound in advanced water treatment processes
  • How will this award help you? This aid will allow me to dedicate more time and resources to my research. Funds allow me to expand my research focus and target larger questions surrounding my research focus. Through this endeavor, I will be able to build more experience in the professional STEM world.
  • Background: I attended George Mason University for 3 years where I received my B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Environmental Health. I have held an internship with Environmental Management Services, Inc. in Wytheville, VA as an analytical method developer. 

Edward Turner

  • Department: Mechanical Engineering 
  • Hometown: Madison Heights, VA
  • Interests: Thermal-fluid interactions involved in sand deposition in gas turbine engines
  • How will this award help you? This award will be and is currently proving an invaluable asset to my learning goals and career aspirations. I come from a family of two teachers, and although my parents instilled in me a respect for higher education, they were unable to fund it. As such I have paid my way through my undergrad years and into my graduate years by saving money from various internships.
  • Background: I have worked one internship with Sikorsky Aircraft and three internships with the Boeing Company. I plan to use the experience attained in graduate school to become a much more effective and confident team leader and ensure the legacy I leave in the industry is one of excellence and positivity. Last year I was fortunate to obtain funding in the form of a teaching assistantship. This afforded me the capital to support myself throughout the school year but was a major expenditure of my time. This understandably slowed my research progress and added extra strain on my school work. With this fellowship, I will be able to devote most of my time towards completing my graduate studies and effectively advancing my project's agenda. To improve the safety and efficiency of gas turbine engines.


Kevin Pohl

  • Department: Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
  • Hometown: Herndon, VA
  • Interests: High efficiency solar panels for use on spacecraft
  • How will this award help you? The fellowship will help me delve deeply into my preferred research area, allowing me to explore beyond the boundaries of the state of the art.
  • Background: I am an officer in the U.S. Air Force, with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. I have spent the last four and a half years working on small satellites and advanced sensor systems for the National Reconnaissance Office. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Virginia Tech.