Success Stories

Dr. Tracy Heckler Panzarella

Team QD Tech

Competed in the 2008/09 UMass IC

Tracy Heckler Panzarella is currently a Senior Research Engineer at Saint-Gobain High Performance Materials. In this position, she investigates next generation abrasive grain products. Tracy was recruited into the position not by luck, but by attracting the eye of Saint-Gobain leadership through her participation in the Innovation Challenge!

Tracy was part of QD Tech, a team that aimed to bridge the gap between current and next-generation solar cells by increasing the efficiency of the current technology, while at the same time keeping production costs near their current levels. By employing a quantum-dot-based optical coating, QD Tech intended to increase the efficiency of both silicon and thin-film cells by 5 percent.