The Microformer Project
In April 2010, along with two other graduate students at UW-Madison, we won the Climate Leadership Challenge with our entry, The Microformer. The Microformer is a low-cost, DIY, 1kW transformer reengineered from a post-consumer microwave oven. For more information about this project please see the website below:
Engineers Without Borders – University of Wisconsin Madison
During my time at UW-Madison, I participated in a unique nationwide student group called Engineers Without Borders (EWB-UW). In 2007, I was the project manager for a group of students working with the community of Muramba, Rwanda. Here, we installed a rainwater collection system, advance our work with fuel briquetting, and implemented a biosand filter. After this work, I transitioned to a greater focus on electrical engineering work in developing nations, and started working with EWB-UW’s Haiti project where my focus was on solar panel installations and microhydro facilities.
When I was the student project manager for the EWB-UW Rwanda group, I organized a film crew to create a documentary about the village where we worked. This documentary, filmed and directed by Joe Sacco, is a fantastic portrayal of the people of Muramba, the life that they live, and the collaborative work that they do. The film was uploaded to YouTube in three parts and can be found on the EWB-UW YouTube Channel.
The Power Factor
In spring of 2011, I began blogging about energy and the environment, while generally focusing on any data I could get my hands on – be it EIA numbers or baseball statistics. If you are interested you can follow my blog posts through The Power Factor’s website or through my personal Twitter handle: