Barry Rawn studies the development of stressed centralised electricity infrastructure and its relation to the rapid deployment of off-grid energy systems. He also contributes to innovation in the circular economy of energy storage, via study of battery repurposing and battery pack design and control. As an associate teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon University Africa, he teaches power and energy related courses available to both Kigali and Pittsburgh while facilitating local industrial collaboration and international research activities. He is also manager of the Energy Research Cluster of Afretec.

Rawn has a track record of research in the integration of renewable energy resources into electric power systems, as well as the modelling and control of these resources. He held postdoctoral positions at the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) and the KU Leuven (Belgium) before accepting a faculty position as a lecturer at Brunel University London (UK), where he maintains an affiliation with the Smart Power Networks Theme of the Institute of Energy Futures.

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Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto

MASc, Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto

BASc, Engineering Science, University of Toronto

Media mentions

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Research opportunities enrich the student experience

Three CMU-Africa students presented their research projects to fellow scholars and industry leaders at IEEE Africon in September and IEEE ICMEA in November.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

A passion for power systems

Electrical and computer engineering master’s student Marshal Ruzvidzo is in Pittsburgh this semester as part of CMU-Africa’s student exchange program.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Energy course continuum: a CMU-Africa and Pittsburgh collaboration

Barry Rawn and his colleagues teach a continuum of seven alternative energy courses to both CMU-Africa and Pittsburgh students.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Solving Africa’s energy crisis one battery at a time

Barry Rawn and his colleagues are working to achieve affordable energy storage for consumers while also reducing the environmental effects of e-waste.

Materials Science and Engineering

Joint MSE/EPP Ph.D. degrees enable energy access research

It was Katrina Ramirez-Meyers’ experience serving as a high school teacher in a small West African town without electricity that sparked her interest in batteries and energy storage.


Afretec planning grants announced

The African Engineering and Technology Network, led by CMU-Africa, awarded six planning grants to research collaborations that will lead to socio-economic impact and focus on driving inclusive digital growth on the continent.

Scott Institute

Scott Institute announces 2022 seed grants for five projects

The Scott Institute has announced its latest seed grant awards worth $1.42 million to five research projects led by CMU Engineering faculty.

Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Rawn receives Scott Institute for Energy Innovation’s Seed Grant

CMU-Africa's Barry Rawn received a seed grant for his research project "Data-Driven Model Creation for Rwandan Grid Stability – Equipment Repair.”

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Rawn participates in University of Rwanda’s Innovation Week

CMU-Africa’s Barry Rawn recently participated in a showcase of energy innovations in Rwanda hosted by the University of Rwanda.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

EST&P project course responds to Africa’s energy access challenges

This past spring semester, about a dozen master’s students in Carnegie Mellon University’s Energy Science, Technology and Policy (EST&P) Project Course worked hands-on with batteries to potentially identify re-use applications that could improve Africa’s energy access problem.