Scholarship sends Tindall to Austria this spring to continue his dissertation research

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

After he graduates next month, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. candidate Nathaniel Tindall is headed to Austria, thanks to a scholarship from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Tindall won the six-month grant based on his dissertation research, “Agent-Based Modeling of Energy End-Use in the Residential Sector of Developing Economies: A Case Study of South Africa.” The scholarship funds his continued work at the institute’s headquarters in Laxenburg, Austria, where he’ll work with the energy access and poverty group.

In an announcement, institute officials praised Tindall’s work: “The [Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program] Steering Committee commends the innovative and integrative nature of Nathaniel Tindall’s research, which, in the spirit of systems analysis, interfaces technological and social perspectives on residential energy use.”

Tindall spent this summer in South Africa with the support of the institute’s young scientists program. He defended his dissertation earlier this fall, studying under John Crittenden and Valerie Thomas from the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

In the meantime, Tindall has been working at the College of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Education and Diversity, developing initiatives to encourage young students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.