Dr. Deidra Hodges is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Mechatronics
Engineering at Southern Polytechnic State University, since 2010. Dr. Hodges holds
the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida. Hodges
also received M.S and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University,
and a B.S. in Physics from Dillard University. Her doctoral research was in the area
of "Thin Film CdTe Solar Cells on Flexible Foil Substrates". Her current research
is in the area of "CZTS Thin Films and Solar Cells".
Hodges was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Broadening Participation Research
Initiation Grant in Engineering a competitive grant (award #1125775) in 2011 for the
Development of CZTS Thin Films and Solar Cells. Hodges was also awarded a NSF Major
Research Instrumentation grant (award #1228956) in 2012 for the acquisition of a thin
film materials deposition system. Hodges participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Faculty and Student Teams (FaST) programs in 2011 in Washington, D.C.
Hodges was a recipient of SPSU's Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award and Cobb County's
Teacher of the Year in 2012.
Hodges worked in Industry for IBM Federal Systems Division in Houston, TX assigned
to Onboard Space Shuttle Systems and Avionics Flight Software for NASA Space Shuttle
Program. Hodges worked for Martin Marietta Manned Space Systems on the proposed unmanned
launch vehicle - Shuttle C. Hodges served as an Officer in the United States Navy
Reserves, assigned to the Engineering Field Division.
Presenting at NSF BRIGE PI's
Conference in Arlington, VA
Performing doctoral research
on flexible CdTe solar cells
Solar PV Installation Training