Seminar Colloquium


Sustainable Development
Speaker: Prof. Alan Mickelson

Prof. Alan Mickelson is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His primary appointment is with the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering with courtesy appointments in the Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities and the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP). Alan’s primary research focus is optical nanotechnology, most recently silicon photonics for computer interconnections. He has also been involved in communication and solar energy for developing communities in recent years in the last decade. Alan received his PhD from California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA, was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Byurakan, Soviet Armenia and spent four years at the Norwegian Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Fellow and staff member of the Elektronikklaboratoriet.

Date: February 23, 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 3 PM to 4 PM
Venue : A1 - NKN, Kamand Campus, IIT Mandi.


A number of projects in sustainable development in which the author has been involved are discussed. The projects have involved transfer of technology from the author research group to development organizations in developing countries including Peru, Nepal, Haiti, India and Papua New Guinea (PNG). The technology consists of low solar energy and low cost Wi-Fi distribution. A focus of the presentations of case studies is to indicate under what conditions the technology transfer is effective and beneficial to the collaborating organization. The talk includes description of recent collaboration with the IEEE Smart Village (ISV) program. A quick review of the ISVs involvement with Global Himalayan Expeditions (GHE) in Ladakh precedes a discussion of the author’s ISV funded efforts to create a Wi-Fi Long Distance (WiLD) testbed in order to test communication systems at the University of Colorado at Boulder before field installation. The application of the testbed concept to transfer the latest WiLD and battery technology to PNG is the closing example.