University: University of Tulsa
Kirk Pollard Smith, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is a senior at the University of Tulsa majoring in mechanical engineering. He has done research there, at the Colorado School of Mines, and in Germany, all on projects attempting to make solar power usable at all hours of the day. He is a captain of Tulsa’s cross country and track & field teams, active in Big Brother Big Sisters, and has built electric vehicles both while in high school and college. Passionate about mitigating climate change, Kirk aims to develop cheaper electrical energy storage solutions while at Oxford, to allow for expanded usage of renewable resources like wind and solar. He plans to research grid-scale electrochemical storage techniques.