Taha Selim Ustun
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Taha Selim Ustun is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is currently working at CMU’s campus in Kigali, Rwanda where his roles include teaching and power systems research, with a focus on designing and implementing electrical power in a rural context.
One aspect of Taha Selim’s research that particularly fascinates him involves the novel ways in which energy deployment can happen in the developing world. A “blank slate” offers opportunities that are unavailable in the developed world and because of legacy systems and resistance to change. “It’s a really fertile area, we can export those findings back to engineers and policy makers in the developed world,” he says.
Taha Selim does encounter a significant roadblock in his day to day experience: scalability. “Every microgrid solution you see in the developing world is a custom-made solution,” he says. “That means you can’t duplicate it somewhere else, you always have to go back to the drawing board.”