Recipients

Matthew Kastelic

Matthew Kastelic headshotMatthew Kastelic
2017 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) - RISE Internship

Matthew Kastelic, originally from Port St. Lucie, FL, is a proud recipient of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) RISE (Research at a German University) internship. During this internship, he spent the summer interning at Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany. As part of the placement, he worked on hydro treating catalysts for treating various feedstocks (for example, sludge and woodchips) that had undergone a pyrolysis process. Hydro treating is necessary to ensure that fuel meets requirements and can be used.

During the application process, Matthew worked closely with mentors. "My professors, Babu Joseph and John Kuhn, along with many others in my research group have given me much advice along the way and have been helpful as I applied for DAAD RISE," he says.

Matthew attributes his success to hard work and the support of his professors, which helped him get to this point in his academic career.

He feels this internship has helped him by greatly changing his perspective on German culture and how scientific research is performed outside the United States. "I have gained a fondness for the nation and hope to return in the near future," says Matthew. "In addition I have had experience in a new topic that has helped shape my research interests."

In the future, he plans to attend a domestic PhD program or international Masters program beginning in Fall 2018. He plans to continue his studies in the areas of renewable energy and green fuels, while incorporating more of the material science topics into his work After graduate level study, he would like to work for an environmentally friendly company.

Congratulations to Matthew on winning the 2017 DAAD RISE internship!

Interested in DAAD RISE opportunities? Please contact Dr. Sayandeb Basu: sayandeb@honors.usf.edu.