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Main Office Phone: 607-777-4325
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Director: Janice McDonald
Assistant to the Director:
Ashley Serbonich
Graduate Assistant: 
Mikhail-Ann Urquhart
Secretary: Mona Zwick


Meet Our 2013 Provost's Award Recipients


Anthony Frachioni

Anthony Frachioni
Harpur College, May ’13
Major: Physics
Research interest: Anderson localization of phonons
Research mentor: Assoc. Prof. Bruce White



Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Anthony Frachioni

For every unit of energy generated in the US, more than 60% of that energy results in waste heat. Anthony's research has identified a promising path to improve the efficiency at which waste heat could be scavenged from the environment. The results of his research could lead to dramatic improvements in the fuel efficiency of automobiles, solar cells, and potentially to the replacement of the combustion engine with heat powered electrical engines.

Anthony, a senior in Harpur College, will graduate this month with a major in Physics; he is interested in computational physics. He joined Professor Bruce White's research team in the spring of his freshman year. In addition to his work here at Binghamton, during the summer of 2012 he participated in a research experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

He has presented his research results at four national conferences and three New York State meetings of the American Physical Society, at two of these meetings he won a best poster award, while at the other he presented an invited paper. He is sole author of two publications to date and is the second author on another submitted to Applied Physics Letters that is currently under review.

Anthony plans to apply to The International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy to pursue a PhD in Physics.


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Last Updated: 11/15/13