In addition to my key role as a Senior Lecturer, I am also the Social Impact Lead for the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Chair of Staff Student Liaison Committee for the MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering and Chair of the Mitigating Circumstances Committee for the School.
I was initially attracted to this role as I have a passion for teaching and research and a desire to make a difference in the world especially in developing countries. I chose the University of Manchester because it is one of the leading universities in the world and ranked in the top 5 in the UK. The University has an enviable track record in teaching and research and in particular, a very strong technology research infrastructure.
My research encompasses the general area of development, planning and operation of sustainable energy systems of the future in developed and developing countries. The research takes account of regulatory, commercial and technical aspects of integrating new and renewable generation into power systems to mitigate the impact electricity generation on climate.
My role day to day involves the supervision of research projects at Undergraduate, Masters and PhD level and the preparation and delivery of lectures to Masters Students informed by my research. And of course, the conception of new research areas/projects and writing research proposals.
I particularly enjoy discovering and developing new methods and techniques of operating and planning power systems of the future. It's great to interact with very bright students and colleagues at the University of Manchester and to be able to impart knowledge through lectures.
To raise the profile and visibility of my research I engage widely with industry and academia. I Chair the IEEE Working Group on Sustainable Energy Systems for Developing Communities and sit on the CIGRE Advisory Group on Rural Electrification. I participate in collaborative research with colleagues within and outside the university on projects funded by the research councils and industry and I present research findings through conference and journal publications.
A significant reduction in the cost of solar PV and electrical energy storage technologies leading to wide scale deployment of these technologies is a potential 'game changer' for the electricity supply industry. This should be enabled by leveraging the 'Internet of things' concepts in the planning and operation of power systems with significant participation of the demand side.'
Providing students with knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to design, plan and operate sustainable low carbon energy systems of the future will have a lasting impact on future energy landscapes.
Research Group: Electrical Energy and Power Systems
Staff directory: Joseph Mutale
IEEE article on Global Development: A Perspective on Africa: The Impact of an Engineering Education
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Social impact