A wind turbine expert, who is working to bring wind power to rural communities around the world, will return to his alma mater to speak to students this Friday, July 22, in Flint.

Henry Louie will be at Kettering University to address issues on Wind Turbine Generators for Energy Poverty Alleviation in Rural Communities.

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Louie received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Kettering in 2002 and went on to earn his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004, and his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Washington in 2008.

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His research includes renewable energy, humanitarian engineering, and power systems analysis. He has led several humanitarian engineering trips to developing countries.

His address to students will combine theoretical elements of electrical and mechanical design of appropriate technology wind turbines with practical considerations of their construction and deployment in rural Zambia and other countries.

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The event is sponsored by the Kettering chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, a national electrical engineering honor society.