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Nathan Williams

Assistant Professor

Department of Sustainability
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

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Nathan Williams

Assistant Professor

Department of Sustainability
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Bio

Dr. Nathan Williams is an Assistant Professor at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His research focuses on African energy systems with a particular interest in the use of renewable and decentralized energy technologies to expand access to electricity. His work has applied various methods including techno-economic modeling, risk analysis and machine learning. More broadly, he is interested in how infrastructure systems in the Global South can be planned in an integrated and sustainable manner to support social and economic development in underserved communities.

Before coming to RIT, Dr. Williams was an Assistant Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an instructor at the Carnegie Mellon University Africa campus in Kigali, Rwanda. He also spent several years developing large scale renewable energy projects in South Africa. His interest in energy and development was sparked while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in an unelectrified rural community in Burkina Faso. He has a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Whitworth University, a M.Sc. in Physics from Nelson Mandela University and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. 

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Journal Paper
Lukuyu, June, et al. "Building the supply of demand: Experiments in mini-grid demand stimulation." Development Engineering 6. (2021): 100058. Web.
Subramanian, R, et al. "Air Pollution in Kigali, Rwanda: Spatial and Temporal Variability, Source Contributions, and the Impact of Car-free Sundays." Clean Air Journal 30. 2 (2020): 1-15. Web.
Invited Article/Publication
Williams, Nathan, Samuel Booth, and Ian Baring-Gould. "Survey Use in Micro-grid Load Prediction, Project Development, and Operations." NREL Technical Report. (2019). Web.

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