Cordula Schmid, Ph.D., researches the reliability related analysis of solar PV technologies. She is the director of UML’s Photovoltaic Prototyping and Testing Lab, the Co-Director, Building Energy Efficiency and Temperature Control Materials Lab and the Associate Director of the Center for Energy Innovation. Prior to joining UML, Cordula worked for the Fraunhofer organization at locations in Germany and the U.S. for 15 years. She focused on identifying and mitigating mechanical and thermal loads in solar cells and PV modules to increase production yield and the durability of PV products. During this time, she also worked as in a consultant role for American, European, and Asian manufacturers to develop methods for reducing breakage losses during solar cell and module manufacturing.