Donovin D. Lewis, a recent Electrical Engineering (EE) Bachelor of Science (BS) and undergraduate PEIK certificate graduate, was awarded the Otis A. Singletary Graduate Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. This fellowship honors Otis A. Singletary, the eighth president of the University of Kentucky (UK), who advocated for increased student participation in university affairs and developed greater trust and respect between students and university administration. The award was established by the Board of Directors of the University of Kentucky Athletics Association and is the highest attainable graduate fellowship offered by the UK Graduate School.
Over the summer, Donovin, continued to serve as the electrical chief engineer for the UK Solar Car team who became national champions for the Formula Sun Grand Prix and national vice-champions for the American Solar Challenge, as covered in recent PEIK and UK news. Donovin's leading technical contributions benefited greatly from the technical knowledge on electric vehicles, and the reliability of power electronic systems gained as part of two NASA REUs in the previous academic year at UK.
Donovin, who grew up in Kentucky, was a University Scholars Program student integrating his BS and Ph.D. studies at UK, where he was the recipient of a William C. Parker Scholarship and received many student awards and recognitions. In the spring, he has been awarded a most prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, one of the only 48 granted this year nationwide for EE. Recently, Donovin started a collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on topics of electrification of transportation, electric vehicle charging and power system integration. He continues for Ph.D. at UK, where he found an excellent academic environment and continues to be directly advised by Dr. Dan M. Ionel, FIEEE, ECE Professor, L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power, SPARK Lab and PEIK Director.