June M. Lukuyu

PhD Student | Researcher, Energy for Development

Systems Towards Infrastructure Monitoring and Analysis (STIMA) Lab

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

About Me

I am a researcher and fourth year PhD student in the STIMA Lab, advised by Professor Jay Taneja. My research focuses on designing and evaluating technology-driven demand stimulation strategies that facilitate the productive use of electricity for improved livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. My work leverages large-scale primary and secondary data sets; and employs a wide range of data analytics, survey methodology, statistical modeling and computing tools.

Why Demand Stimulation?

To ensure access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all by 2030, low-income regions like sub-Saharan Africa are deploying a mix of grid-based and off-grid solutions. Contrary to the energy efficiency zeitgeist in industrialized regions, low-income regions need to increase electricity consumption to grow their economies. However, large-scale electrification programs in sub-Saharan Africa often focus on generation expansion and increasing connections, with limited investments in promoting electricity consumption. Insufficient consumption growth precludes utilities and developers from recouping system costs, pushing electricity costs higher. Majority of consumers are therefore unable to afford the electricity, hindering its use for economic purposes, and are therefore not experiencing the intended benefits of electrification. Read more about my research ...

Education

Bsc. Engineering Science, 2013

Msc. Renewable Energy Systems Technology, 2016

MicroMasters, Data, Economics and Development Policy, 2018

Affiliations

Engineering Social Justice and Peace

Black Women in Computing and Engineering at UMass Amherst

Accomplishments

Grace Hopper Celebration Scholarship, 2021

Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship, Finalist, 2020

Link Foundation Energy Fellowship, Honorable mention, 2020

Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Three Minute Thesis Competition, 1st place, 2020

Spaulding Smith Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018

Dean’s Fellow Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018

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