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Mitch Smith

Distributed Energy and Grid Management


Mitchell's interest in research began his sophomore year of college when he began work with Dr. Chris Cellucci on a portable EKG unit for the military to test for mild brain trauma in the field. Research involving electrical engineering has always piqued his interest, which led him to Dr. Tom Carroll during the summer where he worked in a Magneto-Optical Trapping Lab designing the frequency-locking circuitry for the lasers. As he starts his research at the Bredesen Center, he is looking to continue using his passion for electronics in a program designing wireless sensor networks for power grid management, forest fire detection, or environmental impact sensors for new sustainable energy generation. Electrical engineering led him to a fascination with the theater and production lighting as well. During his undergraduate career, he worked in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center as a lighting designer and electrician. As the LED revolution is taking hold around the world, he hopes to combine his passion for theater, sustainability, and engineering to design new energy efficient fixtures that are cost effective to help bring down the energy consumption of productions.


Bachelor of Science in Physics - Ursinus College

Awards and Recognitions

  • Wayne F. Millward ’57 Memorial Prize for Excellence in Theater

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