• Isaac Matthews and Rhonda Jordan with His Excellency Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.

    Isaac Matthews and Rhonda Jordan with His Excellency Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.

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  • Isaac Matthews and Rhonda Jordan with His Excellency Nicephore Soglo of the Republic of Benin.

    Isaac Matthews and Rhonda Jordan with His Excellency Nicephore Soglo of the Republic of Benin.

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  • Rhonda Jordan and Isaac Matthews with His Excellency Amani Karume of Zanzibar.

    Rhonda Jordan and Isaac Matthews with His Excellency Amani Karume of Zanzibar.

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  • African Heads of State and Government along with U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell and Former Ambassador Charles Stith (of Boston University) to the far right.

    African Heads of State and Government along with U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell and Former Ambassador Charles Stith (of Boston University) to the far right.

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ESD PhD candidate Jordan presents energy research at African Presidential Roundtable

Isaac Matthews and Rhonda Jordan with His Excellency Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.


MIT Engineering Systems Division PhD candidate Rhonda Jordan recently attended the African Presidential Roundtable in Mauritius, themed “21st Century Energy Agenda for Africa.” Jordan gave a brief talk about her research, which focuses on power system development and electrification planning in developing countries in a case study of Tanzania, and discussed its relevance to the future of energy in Africa. The presentation took place at the University of Mauritius and included several former heads of state, including Presidents Thabo Mbeki from South Africa, Joaquim Chissano from Mozambique, Cassam Uteem and Karl Offman from Mauritius, Frederick Sumaye from Tanzania and Amani Abeid Karume from Zanzibar.

Isaac Matthews, a graduate of the MIT Technology and Policy Program, also presented his research on nuclear power during the same event.

“Participating in the roundtable was an extremely exciting and humbling experience,” Jordan said. “As a graduate student spending most of my time on campus doing research, it is rewarding to know that my work makes a difference and can truly help countries with the challenges they face today.”

This event is an initiative of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center of Boston University and its director, former U.S. Ambassador Charles R. Stith (download the full press release).

Jordan's energy research was the subject of a recent article in MIT Spectrum.


Topics: Africa, Energy, Engineering Systems, Graduate, postdoctoral, Policy, Students

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