Hybrid Energy Systems Laboratory
Dr. Cook-Chennault is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Rutgers University. She holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and Stanford University respectively; and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Cook worked at Ford Motor Company, Visteon and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. As a product engineer with Ford and Visteon, she designed automotive components and established design criterion for impending product platforms. While at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, she created dynamic and structural finite element numerical models of containers used to store and transport explosive materials, and validated the predictions of these models with experiments.
The work of Cook-Chennault, hybrid energy design, is interdisciplinary, and allows for the effective use of her industrial, corporate and research experiences. For example, as a part of the Wireless Integrated Microsystems (WIMS) Environmental Test Monitor Test Bed (EMT) of the Engineering Research Center (ERC) at the University of Michigan; Dr. Cook-Chennault solved a real-world problem - powering an environmental monitor, by developing the first algorithm for the design hybrid power supplies for portable MEMS (see paper). This work culminated with the creation of a userfriendly MatLab code, POWER (Power Optimization for Wireless Energy Requirements). This work was funded by NSF through the Wireless Integrated Microsystems (WIMS) Engineering Research Center (ERC) at the University of Michigan, and introduced a new area of research, hybrid power supply design (see paper).