Published: Mar 6, 2007 9:38:22 AM
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Hulya Kirkici, associate professor in electrical and computer engineering, has recently received a grant of more than $60,000 from the Air Force Research Laboratory. Administered through the Universal Technology Center, the grant is the designed to further Kirkici's study of high frequency breakdown in partial vacuum.
"As technology progresses, and as power systems become more complex, so does the electrical insulation of these power systems" says Kirkici. "Therefore, the results of this study will be helpful in the design of next generation of high altitude space power systems."
Kirkici's research is in the fields of space power systems, dielectrics and electrical insulation in high altitude space environment and plasma physics. Kirkici also conducts in related topics of pulsed power engineering, vacuum breakdown, gaseous electronics and optical diagnostics. She teaches and supervises graduate and undergraduate students and has published a number of journal and conference papers.