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Stephanie Hirmer

Stephanie Hirmer

PhD student in the Centre for Sustainable Development,

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge


Biography:

Stephanie Hirmer [BEng, MPhil] has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (2010) from the University of Warwick and has completed the Centre’s MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development (anticipated graduation July 2013). She joined the Centre in January 2013 to commence her research on the value perception of the end-user of rural electrification in Uganda. She is a member of Sidney Sussex College.

Prior to coming to Cambridge Stephanie worked as a consultant for the German Development Agency in Uganda and Germany. During this time Stephanie designed and implemented community-run hydropower schemes and worked on an up-scaling strategy for pico-hydropower. She also worked on projects to facilitate the sustainable distribution of solar lanterns. Stephanie is a winner of the McKinsey Innovate 2012 competition. The team of four developed a business model to help subsistence farmers in Mexico to increase produce and reach the market using local technologies.

Stephanie’s research is funded by an EPSRC Doctoral Training Award.

Keywords

  • engineering solutions in developing countries, including solar lanterns, community-run hydropower schemes and an up-scaling strategy for pico-hydropower
  • sustainable development