I received the B.S.E.E. degree from Kettering University in 2002, the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004, and my PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2008. I'm a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University, and Director of the Humanitarian Engineering Applications Lab (HEAL).
I've been working in the energy access field since 2008. In 2015, I co-founded the non-profit organization KiloWatts for Humanity. I was a Fulbright Scholar to Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia. I'm an Associate Editor for Energy for Sustainable Development and am a founding member of the IEEE PES Working Group on Sustainable Energy Systems for Developing Communities. I have been recognized as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for his expertise on energy poverty and have spoken around the world on the topic. I'm presently leading a National Science Foundation-funded project seeking to improve off-grid solar-powered electricity access on Native American reservations.
I'm an award-winning educator with expertise and a passion for energy access. I offer half-day, full-day and two-day training and tutorials on planning, designing and implementing off-grid systems in developing countries. I can customize the content to fit your organization's training needs. Contact me below for a quote!
I am available to give keynote and guest lecturers to audiences large and small. I love speaking to engineering students about how to use their technical knowledge to change the world. I even speak to middle school and high school audiences. In most cases, I only charge travel costs. Contact me below to check my availability.
I have a research background in power system analysis, renewable energy, and off-grid systems. I am interested in particular in modeling and predicting load for mini-grids in developing countries.