June M. Lukuyu
PhD Student | Researcher, Energy for Development
Systems Towards Infrastructure Monitoring and Analysis (STIMA) Lab
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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 ...
Bsc. Engineering Science, 2013
Msc. Renewable Energy Systems Technology, 2016
MicroMasters, Data, Economics and Development Policy, 2018
Engineering Social Justice and Peace
Black Women in Computing and Engineering at UMass Amherst
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