Mentorship Makes the Difference

November 10, 2016 | 10:24 am

For IEEE PES, By Robin Podmore

Growing up on a small farming town in New Zealand with a passion for building things, I knew I wanted to become an engineer. This interest was encouraged by my high school physics teacher Mr. Rex Millar. But it wasn’t until I selected modeling power system networks at University of Canterbury, Christchurch for my Ph.D. … Continue reading Mentorship Makes the Difference

Harnessing the Himalayan Sun

October 13, 2016 | 10:29 am

By Mike Wilson

In the developed world, the sunset doesn’t have much effect on our activities. But in rural villages — for example, a monastery perched high in the Himalayan Mountains — the darkness of nightfall is inescapable. Activities we take for granted — cooking reading or studying, for example — become impossible in the complete darkness of nightfall. What’s more, the monastery is perched on … Continue reading Harnessing the Himalayan Sun

Testimonial from Avoki Omekanda: Restoring Education and Energy to the Nation of His Birth

May 19, 2016 | 8:54 pm

IEEE Smart Village Entrepreneur Avoki Omekanda remembers a time when the country he was born in offered a decent and affordable education, but it’s been decades since things have been that good in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), formerly Zaire. “I was born right before the independence,” he says, … Continue reading Testimonial from Avoki Omekanda: Restoring Education and Energy to the Nation of His Birth