Mechanical engineer Nico Hotz has earned a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). The award funds scientists in their first two years of a tenure track position, providing them with seed money to enhance their research at the early stages of their career. Hotz joined Duke in 2010. His research focuses on the transfer of heat at the micro and nanoscale and how that affects systems used in solar energy and renewable fuels. Hotz is one of 30 winners of the 2012-2013 Powe award. He will receive a $5,000 grant from ORAU and mathcing funds from Duke.