The U.S. Global Development Lab (The Lab) at USAID is bringing together a diverse set of partners to discover, test, and scale breakthrough solutions to address critical challenges in international development. A key element of this strategy is the support of scientific and technological research through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program. PEER is a competitive awards program that invites scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics of importance to USAID and conducted in partnership with U.S. Government (USG)-funded and selected private sector partners. 

Dr. Hashem Nehrir
Research Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department,
Montana State University-Bozeman

Dr. Nehrir received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees all in electrical engineering from Oregon State University in 1969, 1971, and 1978, respectively. He started his educational career in 1971 and joined The Montana State University (MSU) Electrical Engineering faculty in 1987. He has taught a variety of courses on electric power systems, alternative energy power generation, energy conversion devices, electric circuits, and control. Dr. Nehrir’s active research include modeling, control, and energy management of alternative energy distributed generation (DG) sources and microgrids with multiple alternative energy and conventional DG sources, and smart grid functions including demand response and application of intelligent control and multiagent systems to power systems. His research has been supported by a variety of sources, including: The US National Science Foundation, NSF-EPSCoR, USDOE, DOE-EPSCoR, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Electric Power Research Institute, The Montana Power Company (now NorthWestern Energy), Montana Electric Power Cooperatives, and Montana Electric Power Affiliates Program (MEPRA).

Dr. Fabio Andrade
Associate professor in Power electronics applied to renewable energy in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez 

Dr. Fabio Andrade have worked on Electrical and Electronical Engineering for more than a decade. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor on PE applied to renewable energy in the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus. His main research interests include modeling, analysis, design, and control of PEC, principally for dc/ac power conversion, grid-connection of renewable energy sources, and MG application.