De’Ajree Branch


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University of Virginia, PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2021-present)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, M.S. in Aeronautics (2020)

North Carolina Central University, B.S. in Biology and Pharmaceutical Science (minor: Chemistry) (2016)


De'Ajree will help to develop an underwater system to extract energy from rivers using oscillating hydrofoils entitled “Bio-Inspired Renewable Energy (BIRE) for Highly-Efficient Low-cost Riverine Hydrokinetics". The overall project is led by Prof. Hilary Bart-Smith, which includes several institutions and is a part of the SHARKS program.