Dr. Md. Islam Nazrul, a Bangladesh citizen, was awarded the 2006 postdoctoral scholarship to pursue studies at the National Insititute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technologie (AIST), Sendai, in Japan. Dr. Nazrul holds a PhD from Yokohama National University in Japan. His postdoctoral research will focus on obtaining better performance for solid oxide fuel cells by improving catalytic activities for cathodes and anodes which would be used to develop a stationary power generation system for hospitals in Bangladesh.
Suraj Baral holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from his home country, Nepal. He has been accepted to study Sustainable Energy Planning and Management at Aalborg University, Denmark and intends to focus on issues related to sustainable energy development with community participation as a key element for implementation.
Ranjan Sharma is from Nepal where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He has been accepted to study for a master’s in wind energy at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technical University of Denmark. Mr. Sharma has already published works on wind turbines in Nepal and is committed to helping rural Nepal.
Camilo Varas obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in Ecuador. He has relevant working experience with wind power and plans to specialise in hybrid systems. In 2005, he was awarded a scholarship from China to receive training in small hydro power. He has been accepted to study for the European Master in Renewable Energy at EUREC and would like to return to Ecuador to continue his research.
Caiyang Wu, from China, holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering. She has been accepted to study for the Postgraduate Programme in Renewable Energy at the Energy and Semiconductor Research Laboratory (EHF) at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. She intends to return to China to work in a university or in the energy field.
Rachel Arinda is from Uganda where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She has been accepted to study for a MSc in Electrical Power Engineering at the University of Manchester, UK. She has a long-standing interest in sustainable energy and for her undergraduate thesis she carried out a study leading to the design of a hybrid solar/wind/diesel power system for a rural community in Uganda. Ms. Arinda has extensive experience as an energy officer involved in training and research relating to sustainable energy development. She hopes to become a lecturer in the field upon her return.