Photo by Georgia Jordan (Decatur, AL)

Photo by Georgia Jordan (Decatur, AL)

Kyle Rose Sr.


My name is Kyle Rose Sr. I'm from Havre de Grace, Maryland. I go to Alabama A&M University where I am a PhD Materials Science candidate.

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

The main issues important to me as it pertains to sustainability, energy, and community are first, our communities should have prioritized transparent access through the local information systems and social media, to know and be made aware of the latest technologies in environmental sustainability and alternative energy as opposed to the energy paradigm and overwhelming dependence on fossil fuels and other residue producing energy sources which are harmful to humans and the global environment.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

I am performing research comprising application of phase change material to increase dual-use/hybrid solar panel efficiency. This proposed technology will enhance the efficiency of this type of solar panel with the ability to produce both electricity and hot water conversion from solar energy. In October of last year, I was honored to receive the 2017 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award at the Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Conference (DITAC) Summit, Tampa, Florida. The award was presented to me for this research project placing in the top 15% of all submitted technologies as ranked by the program committee. Visit:

I am also continuing outreach research in the first phase of an e-bike project which was completed this spring semester. A team of five students (freshman and sophomores) investigated this project sponsored by National Science Foundation titled Making to Achieve Knowledge, Excellence and Recognition in STEM (MAKERS). This on-going collaborative project is designed to develop the academic and professional skills of the students, by converting a standard bicycle into an electric bicycle (e-bike) as an alternative for transport to remedy problems such as over-dependence on fossil fuels, poor health due to lack of exercise, deteriorating traffic conditions, increasing automobile exhaust emissions, air pollution, lower quality of life and the tremendous extra fuel consumption. Apart from being clean, affordable and an equitable mode of transport for short to medium distance journeys up to 15 miles. The team's goal is the awareness that cycling can offer a positive impact and potential solution to these problems. 

What are your plans for the next five years?

My five year plan is to complete the Ph.D. program in December 2018, apply for and perform two years of post-doctorate work developing a self sustaining hybrid solar energy system at a public, private or governmental facility with the necessary working environment, equipment and other resources to complete the required tasks for success. Become a full time travelling researcher collaborating with entities conducive to my projects. Create an educational/community based model and functional prototype of this system to be tested in diverse geographic environmental climates. This is what I see at this point in my professional and educational development career.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

My advisor Dr. M. D. Aggarwal encouraged me to apply for this program from an email request for candidates. I saw the website and was impressed by some of the interviews of former participants. I realized the opportunity to experience this program could enhance my studies and research goals tremendously.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

The collaboration opportunity with renewable energy and sustainability-minded people from diverse places around the globe. Furthermore, the educational experience how to approach community problems and gather a host of ideas and solutions in contribution to solve global sustainability issues with impact.

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

Yes, I'm cool with cats of all sizes, small ones close up and big ones from a far distance! :O)