My name is Mercy Daniel-Aguebor. I'm from Lagos, Nigeria. I go to Georgia Institute of Technology where I am a Ph.D. Electrical Engineering candidate.
What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?
Energy can be linked to security, jobs, health, and the general well-being of a country. Being a Nigerian Citizen and experiencing firsthand the crippling of a society where most things can be traced to the lack of electrical energy, I am most interested in renewable energy systems, and the creation of a sustainable industry around these new systems for the benefit of a community.
There is a direct correlation between energy and the productivity of a country. However, as an engineer, there is much more to focus on beyond the technology. There are direct and indirect impacts that the adoption of any renewable energy source will bring, and I am interested in more of these issues.
How do you introduce a community based renewable energy system without crippling debt on the society, and with minimal displacement of people? How do you ensure it is sustained in the long run to actively create jobs and remain maintained? In summary, ensuring and building a long-term renewable energy system that fits into unique societies with positive benefits.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
As an incoming doctorate student, I am exploring how data and energy could work together to give insights on the best process for the adoption of any renewable energy system.
What are your plans for the next five years?
I will just be finishing my graduate degree and hopefully looking to have done some great research that would impact the energy industry or how decisions are made in the renewable energy industry!
What made you want to apply to SISE?
I am excited to be surrounded by people as passionate about sustainability and energy as I am. I am also very curious about the workings of the energy and sustainability industry on an academic scale, a federal scale, a research scale, an industrial scale, and how they all come together. How one part affects another and ultimately how they interact with each other to bring change.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?
Everything and anything, deep dish pizza to be cliché and lots of walking around to really get a feel of the vibe of Chicago.
Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
I have not been around cats much. I am sure if they don’t sneak up on me 😊 and are fluffy, I am willing to learn to like them!