Title: “Lighting Up a Village”, by Prof. Henry Louie (Seattle U)
Where: EEB 037
When: Tues November 4th at 4:45pm
Abstract: Energy underwrites all human endeavors. Where energy is abundant, we find prosperous societies; where energy is scarce, we find lowered standards of living. Electricity is one of the most convenient carriers of energy, yet approximately 1.2 billion people do not have access to the electric grid. This form of energy poverty disproportionately afflicts the world’s most impoverished people—those living on one to two US Dollars per day. This presentation discusses the broad challenge of energy poverty, and how new technologies and innovative business strategies are being used to provide first time electricity access to villages around the world
Speaker Bio: Dr. Henry Louie received the B.S.E.E. degree from Kettering University, the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2008. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University. Dr. Louie is a founding member and current secretary of the IEEE PES Working Group on sustainable energy solutions for developing communities. He was the technical program co-chair of the 2012 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference. Since 2011, he has been the IEEE Power & Energy Society Vice President of Membership & Image. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.