Public Service Awards 2006

John Duffy, UMass Lowell

For being a longtime advocate of solar power and of sustainable energy systems and for coordinating the Village Empowerment Project, through which engineering students provide lighting, water purification and vaccine refrigeration systems for villagers in the Peruvian Andes

Professor John Duffy of the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Department of Mechanical Engineering has had a special commitment to sustainable energy and, in particular, solar energy. For more than 20 years he has been an advocate for solar power and for environmentally sustainable energy use and design. He has taken his knowledge and his beliefs to parts of the world in most pressing need of appropriate technologies, while engaging his students in the study of engineering for a greater social good.

The Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at UMass Lowell, he has written more than 70 papers on solar energy, environmental analysis and education. Professor Duffy coordinates the Village Empowerment Project which has had more than 90 students design and install more than 70 systems for communication, lighting, vaccine refrigeration and water supply and purification in remote areas of the Peruvian Andes. He has obtained external funding to take UMass Lowell students to Peru and to bring Peruvian students to UMass Lowell to earn their master's degrees and doctorates.

Professor Duffy's career reflects the central concerns of the mission of the UMass Lowell campus - the building of a sustainable economy through social engagement.

Public Service Awards 2006

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