Inali Wahane


My name is Inali Wahane. I’m from India. I go to Eastern Illinois  University where I am an M.S. Sustainable Energy candidate.

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

There is no doubt about how broad is the field of sustainability. But the issues like Waste management, Water conservation, Deforestation, and maximize the utilization of clean energy like solar to root level are the ones that interest me a lot. There is one story I would like to share here. "Some years ago, a Scientist conducted an experiment. He set water to boil in a crucible & then he dropped a frog into that boiling water. The frog jumped right out of the water & managed to save itself as it realized it would die in the boiling water. Then the Scientist dropped the frog into a crucible of cold water. The frog sat in it comfortably. Then he lit a flame under it & the water began to heat slowly. The frog was also enjoying the spreading warmth. Because the water was heating gradually, the frog didn’t realize the rising danger. And by the time the water went to boil, it was too late. The poor frog was martyred." From this what I would like to convey is that on Earth, we are like that frog, as far as the state of non-renewable energy sources. They are still there even if getting less but there. So we’re unable to sense the rising danger, but it shouldn’t get too late before we come to realize. This is why I believe in the betterment of nature and humanity at large, every individual should do whatever he can to the best of his ability and this what that drives me.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

Being a Sustainable Energy major I am currently working on Building Energy Management Systems "BEMS" as my research project. BEMS are a combination of hardware, software, and services which help measure and manage energy usage. It can be an open, scalable, secure, and cloud-based application that centralizes the energy to help you discover how the system is performing and enabling energy decisions to optimize energy consumption. The primary function of the system is to collect energy data and turn into actionable information so the user can continuously reduce and optimize our energy consumption. Cloud-based application allows the user to access the system from anywhere and to securely review the system according to user’s roles. In addition, BEMS control and monitor the building’s mechanical and electrical equipment such as ventilation, lighting, power systems, security systems, fire alarm systems, elevators etc. It provides user access to see all these systems on a single platform and notifies the user when potential dangers or inefficient energy usages occur. This project has given me insights on how a lot of energy can be saved with regards to consumption. 

What are your plans for the next five years?

In the next three years, I wish to gain enough theoretical technical knowledge on renewable energy in order to translate it into practical applications and be able to make a contribution to solving the world’s energy crises problems. I hope to be a pioneer in this field by developing cheaper technology and easy to use devices so that I can embed them in the everyday lives of people. After that, I plan to pursue the MBA at the MIT in it's Leader's for Global Operation program and become a social tech entrepreneur.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

The SISE's two-week program stands for what I believe in. Like this year's theme on based on working for the historical places and buildings with keeping in mind the communities living in it was really very new and thoughtful for me. I see this opportunity as just another valuable step in my journey for contributing towards a sustainable environment. 

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

Being a follower of the Instagram page of "Chicago Bucket List," and an adventure enthusiast  I am very excited to explore and trying out different cuisines, do a chopper ride of the town, and go to Six Flags Greater America. ^_^

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

I am a bit scared of cats since I grew up watching horror movies that show cat as that character which will scare the hell out of you. But I have changed my mindset towards them after coming into contact with one of my friend's cat "Jasper." So at present, I really like them even though I am a bit scared to go near and pamper them.