My research over the last decade has focused on studying next generation solar cell technologies (outside of a stint at a nanotechnology startup). Before coming to Warren Wilson, I was a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This is the only federal laboratory solely dedicated to alternative energy research. I am a Research Associate at NREL and travel frequently to NREL for collaborative projects, sometimes bringing along students. As I went to a small liberal arts college, however, coming to Wilson feels like coming home.