Archive of Topic: economic development

Anyuat, John Arou

Anyu­at John Arou, is a lec­tur­er of Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Juba in Juba, South Sudan. He is also the CEO of the Renew­able Ener­gy Coun­cil of South Sudan (RECOSS).


His Research focus­es on Pow­er Sys­tems Stud­ies; espe­cial­ly pow­er qual­i­ty Con­trol in vari­able renew­able resources (VRE) – Based Micro­grids. Arou grad­u­at­ed from Nde­j­je Uni­ver­si­ty, Kam­pala, Ugan­da, and received the Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Elec­tri­cal Pow­er from New­cas­tle Uni­ver­si­ty, New­cas­tle Upon Tyne, UK and cur­rent­ly pur­su­ing Doc­tor of Engi­neer­ing in Elec­tri­cal & Com­put­er Engi­neer­ing from the Yoko­hama Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty, Yoko­hama, Japan.


Con­tact: anyuat2000@​gmail.​com

Kersey, Jess

Jess Kersey is a fourth-year PhD stu­dent broad­ly inter­est­ed in tech­nol­o­gy, reg­u­la­tion, and pol­i­cy to improve ener­gy access and cli­mate adap­ta­tion efforts across mul­ti­ple geo­gra­phies includ­ing East Africa, Latin Amer­i­ca, and island nations. Jess is also a research affil­i­ate of the Lawrence Berke­ley Nation­al Lab and con­sults with ESMAP, the Asian Devel­op­ment Bank, and the Glob­al Ener­gy Alliance for Peo­ple and Plan­et.

Her cur­rent work focus­es on decon­struct­ing urban/​binary spa­tial cat­e­go­riza­tions and high­light­ing how exam­in­ing ener­gy pover­ty with greater spa­tial nuance reveals access bar­ri­ers for the grow­ing pop­u­la­tions in infor­mal and/​or peri-urban com­mu­ni­ties. She leads the Spot­light Kam­pala project, which is a mul­ti-stake­hold­er research part­ner­ship to under­stand ener­gy access afford­abil­i­ty, safe­ty, for­mal­i­ty, reli­a­bil­i­ty, and qual­i­ty in infor­mal settlements.

Jess holds dual bachelor’s degrees in chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing and polit­i­cal sci­ence from Vir­ginia Tech. She pre­vi­ous­ly worked as an ener­gy engi­neer with AECOM’s Ener­gy busi­ness line pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal, project man­age­ment, and busi­ness devel­op­ment sup­port for renew­able ener­gy, ener­gy effi­cien­cy, and sus­tain­abil­i­ty projects. She has a diverse engi­neer­ing back­ground which includes expe­ri­ence in ener­gy, con­struc­tion man­age­ment, and dis­as­ter relief both domes­ti­cal­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly includ­ing work in Haiti, Pana­ma, El Sal­vador, the US Vir­gin Islands, and Iraq.


Joyceline Marealle

Joyce­line is a Tan­zan­ian who holds a bachelor’s degree in chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rochester.

Her research inter­est lies in ener­gy decen­tral­iza­tion, diver­si­fi­ca­tion, eco­nom­ics and pol­i­cy mak­ing to empow­er women and improve the stan­dard of liv­ing in East Africa.

She cur­rent­ly works at the Renew­able & Appro­pri­ate Ener­gy Lab­o­ra­to­ry on Off grid sys­tems in remote areas in East Africa.

Pri­or to her MS, Joyce­line interned at MIT and con­duct­ed research on alu­minum bat­ter­ies for elec­tric vehi­cles. Addi­tion­al­ly, since 2017 she has been work­ing to empow­er mar­gin­al­ized young women of New Hope For Girls Orga­ni­za­tion in Tan­za­nia. Among her recent projects is her team win­ning a $10,000 Davis Project for Peace Fel­low­ship to estab­lish a green­house farm­ing busi­ness to act as a sus­tain­able income gen­er­a­tor for the girls.

Sam Miles

Sam Miles is a Ph.D. stu­dent in the Ener­gy and Resources Group, and in the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Ener­gy Lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkeley.

His research focus is at the inter­sec­tion of the scal­a­bil­i­ty chal­lenge for elec­tric­i­ty mini-grids and the socio-eco­nom­ic char­ac­ter­is­tics of urban­iza­tion in Africa, par­tic­u­lar­ly for the arti­sans and entre­pre­neurs who con­sti­tute the ‘pro­duc­tive’ users of such ener­gy sys­tems. He will engage with these ques­tions as an INFEWS (Inno­va­tions at the Nexus of Food, Ener­gy, and Water Sys­tems) NSF scholar.

Pre­vi­ous to life at ERG, Sam worked as a free­lance writer cov­er­ing tech­nol­o­gy in emerg­ing mar­kets, an edu­ca­tor at the African Lead­er­ship Uni­ver­si­ty in Mau­ri­tius, and as an inter­na­tion­al devel­op­ment con­sul­tant based in West Africa. He holds an MA in Inter­na­tion­al Ener­gy from Sci­ences Po — Paris and a BA in Ethics, Pol­i­tics, and Eco­nom­ics from Yale.

Annelise Gill-Wiehl

At ERG Annelise has con­tin­ued the study of com­mu­ni­ty ener­gy solu­tions, with both cook­ing and com­mu­ni­ty exten­sion ser­vices focal areas for her ana­lyt­ic and field studies.

Annelise Gill-Wiehl stud­ied envi­ron­men­tal engi­neer­ing and inter­na­tion­al devel­op­ment stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Notre Dame.  There, she worked with the Keough School of Glob­al Affairs’ Asso­ciate Dean for Pol­i­cy and Prac­tice, Sara Siev­ers, through the Kel­logg Inter­na­tion­al Schol­ars Pro­gram. They inves­ti­gat­ed how to incor­po­rate the pref­er­en­tial option for the poor into pol­i­cy. Gill-Wiehl’s own research inves­ti­gates ener­gy infra­struc­ture and the bar­ri­ers to tech­nol­o­gy adop­tion. Gill-Wiehl and Pro­fes­sor Siev­ers pilot­ed a Com­mu­ni­ty Tech­nol­o­gy Pro­gram in Shi­rati, Tan­za­nia through a Kel­logg Research Grant.

While an under­grad­u­ate she interned for the Foun­da­tion of Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment in Masa­ka, Ugan­da. Addi­tion­al­ly, Gill-Wiehl con­duct­ed rough­ly 200 house­hold ener­gy sur­veys through an Expe­ri­enc­ing the World Fel­low­ship to inves­ti­gate ener­gy infra­struc­ture in Shi­rati. Her research inter­ests are at the inter­sec­tion of engi­neer­ing and pol­i­cy in the East African con­text. She hopes to pur­sue a PhD to fur­ther inves­ti­gate these issues.

The­sis Title: Pilot of Com­mu­ni­ty Tech­nol­o­gy Work­ers in Shi­rati, Tanzania

Gbemisola “Gbemi” Akinsipe

My inter­ests range from the inte­gra­tion of renew­ables into exist­ing grids,the pos­si­bil­i­ty of indi­genes (espe­cial­ly women) in rur­al com­mu­ni­ties pro­duc­ing their own pow­er or at least under­stand­ing its work­ings and the inter­ac­tion between sci­ence and pol­i­cy mak­ing in devel­op­ing coun­tries. I would love to study in the Renew­able & Appro­pri­ate Ener­gy Lab­o­ra­to­ry (RAEL) or the Ener­gy Mod­el­ing, Analy­sis and Con­trol Group (EMAC)

Jess Carney

Jess Car­ney is inter­est­ed in under­stand­ing how sus­tain­able ener­gy inte­gra­tion impacts pow­er grids and elec­tric­i­ty mar­kets. She received her under­grad­u­ate degree at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty in 2018, where she majored in Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and minored in Applied Math­e­mat­ics and Sta­tis­tics. She has held intern­ships at the Inde­pen­dent Sys­tem Oper­a­tor or New Eng­land (ISO-NE), study­ing envi­ron­men­tal pol­i­cy and its effect on car­bon emis­sions and ener­gy prices, and at the Ver­mont Elec­tric Pow­er Com­pa­ny (VELCO), ana­lyz­ing the impact of high renew­able pen­e­tra­tion on sys­tem sta­bil­i­ty and inte­grat­ing state renew­able goals into trans­mis­sion plan­ning procedures.

She has wide-rang­ing inter­ests that include renew­able ener­gy inte­gra­tion, grid sta­bil­i­ty, ener­gy access, and ener­gy lit­er­a­cy and education.

Nia Novella Jones

A recent grad­u­ate of North­east­ern Uni­ver­si­ty with a B.S. in Indus­tri­al Engi­neer­ing with minor in Law & Pub­lic Policy.

I intend to research the inter­sec­tion of renew­able ener­gy tech­nol­o­gy, edu­ca­tion, and specif­i­cal­ly prison edu­ca­tion pro­grams focused on STEM. Ulti­mate­ly, my goal is to work with for­mal­ly incar­cer­at­ed cit­i­zens as they pre­pare for re-entry into soci­ety. I aspire to work with renew­able ener­gy projects in Africa to ful­fill my goal as devel­op­ing into a World Class “Ener­gy” Engineer.

Raghavan, Shuba

Shu­ba is the co-direc­tor of the Cal­i­for­nia Ener­gy Com­mis­sion spon­sored project

” Engag­ing Com­mu­ni­ties in the Design of  Sus­tain­able Ener­gy and Local­ized Futures  (SELF)”

Among her many pub­li­ca­tions are a num­ber that address­es the ener­gy-access-afford­abil­i­ty-cli­mate nexus, including:

  1. The Cal­i­for­nia Demand Response: Poten­tial Study, Phase 3; Bri­an F.Gerke,Giulia Gallo,Sarah J. Smith, Jingjing Liu, Peter Alstone, Shu­ba V. Ragha­van, Peter Schwartz, Mary Ann Piette, Rongx­in Yin and Sofia Stensson. 
  2. Trans­lat­ing cli­mate change and heat­ing sys­tem elec­tri­fi­ca­tion impacts on build­ing ener­gy use to future green­house gas emis­sions and elec­tric grid capac­i­ty require­ments in Cal­i­for­nia; Bri­an Tar­ro­ja, Feli­cia Chi­ang, Amir AghaK­ouchak, Scott Samuelsen, Shu­ba V. Ragha­van, Max Wei, Kaiyu Sunand Tianzhen Hong, Applied Ener­gy, 2018, vol. 225, issue C, 522–534
  3. Build­ing a Health­i­er and More Robust Future: 2050 Low-Car­bon Ener­gy Sce­nar­ios for Cal­i­for­nia. Cal­i­for­nia Ener­gy Com­mis­sion. Pri­ma­ry Authors: Max Wei, Shu­ba Ragha­van, Patri­cia Hidal­go-Gon­za­lez, Con­tribut­ing Authors: Rodri­go Hen­riquez Auba, Dev Mill­stein, Madi­son Hof­fack­er, Rebec­ca Her­nan­dez, Eleonara Ruffi­ni, Bri­an Tar­ro­ja, Amir Agha Kouchak, Josi­ah John­ston, Daniel Kam­men, Julia Szi­nai, Col­in Shep­ard, Anand Gopal, Kaiyu Sun, Tianzhen Hong, and Florin-Langer James. Pub­li­ca­tion Num­ber: CEC-500‑2019-033; March 2019
  4. Path­ways to Decar­bonize Res­i­den­tial Water Heat­ing in Cal­i­for­nia, Shu­ba V Ragha­van, Max Wei, Daniel Kam­men, Ener­gy Pol­i­cy 109 (2017) 441–451
  5. Adop­tion of Solar Home Light­ing Sys­tems in India: What might we learn from Kar­nata­ka? Har­ish, Iychet­ti­ra, Ragha­van, Kan­d­likar, Ener­gy Pol­i­cy, Vol 62, Novem­ber 2013, pp ‑697–706.
  6. Assess­ing the impact of the tran­si­tion to Light Emit­ting Diodes based solar light­ing sys­tems in India, San­tosh Har­ish, Shu­ba V Ragha­van, Milind Kan­d­likar, Gireesh Shri­mali, Ener­gy for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment, Vol­ume 17, Issue 4, August 2013, pp. 363–370.

Ziming Ma

马子明  Zim­ing Ma
博士生  Ph.D Student
Dept. Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing and Applied Elec­tron­ic Technology
Tsinghua Uni­ver­si­ty
Zim­ing is a vis­it­ing doc­tor­al stu­dent who will be work­ing on clean ener­gy sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, and mar­kets in and for Chi­na as part of RAEL’s work with sev­er­al part­ner insti­tu­tions in China.
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