Engineering students bring sustainable energy systems to developing countries

Engineering students bring sustainable energy systems to developing countries

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Engineering students part of UNL's World Energy Project team, whose work to bring sustainable energy systems to developing countries is featured in a LiveBIG video.
Engineering students part of UNL's World Energy Project team, whose work to bring sustainable energy systems to developing countries is featured in a LiveBIG video.
A classroom discussion about the lack of sustainable energy in developing countries inspired a biological systems engineering graduate to do something to solve the problem.

Ashley Jasso, a recent biological systems engineering graduate but then a student, worked to establish the World Energy Project (WEP), a non-profit organization that builds and implements sustainable solar-power systems in developing countries.

The idea for WEP came to Jasso in a classroom discussion about problems regarding worldwide energy access. She’d previously spent six months volunteering in West Africa, so she was aware of how a lack of electricity negatively affected entire communities.

“World Energy Project was born in an Energy 220 class,” said Jasso, a recent biomedical systems engineering grad and director of WEP told btn.com. “We were passionate about renewable energy, especially in the developing world. So, we ended up talking about forming this organization in order to implement what we were learning about in class.”

The wok of Jasso and the WEP team is featured in a recent LiveBIG video on the Big Ten Network's web site.