Carnegie Mellon University

Nathan  Williams

Nathan Williams (E 2017)

Research Scientist, Engineering and Public Policy

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Nathan joined the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at CMU as a Ph.D. student in January 2014. He developed an interest in energy poverty issues in developing countries while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote village in the West African nation of Burkina Faso. Following his time in the Peace Corps, Nathan joined the Centre for Energy Research at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa, where in earned a M.Sc. focusing on the application of solar photovoltaic technologies to rural electrification. This work resulted in a publication in the ASME’s Journal of Solar Energy Engineering.

He also has a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Whitworth University. Prior to his arrival at CMU, Nathan spent three years developing renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa with the German-South African developer EAB-Astrum Energy. He also managed a consulting project providing solar energy policy support to the eThekwini Municipality in South Africa. His focus at CMU is on investigating innovative ways to expand access to electricity in sub-Saharan African countries.