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Devon Manz

Devon Manz
The MPhil in Technology Policy expanded my skill set and helped me learn more about the multi-faceted energy industry; an industry heavily influenced by finance, technology, policy, and regulations.
Devon Manz

Learning inside and outside the classroom

"The MPhil in Technology Policy expanded my skill set and helped me learn more about the multi-faceted energy industry; an industry heavily influenced by finance, technology, policy, and regulations. Inside the classroom, our professionally and geographically diverse class taught me about a variety of topics inside and outside of my field of interest. Outside of the classroom, my Cambridge experience included rowing for my college, building friendships with my college mates and classmates in the MPhil, and working with my classmates on an energy-consulting project in the East of England. Away from Cambridge, I completed an internship at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels, where I worked with a team to help shape NATO policy on energy security.

"Today, at GE Energy, I am helping to address the challenges of integrating high levels of renewable energy into the power system. In my role I use many of the skills learned in the MPhil in Technology Policy to assess the value of new technologies that can help us reach higher levels of wind and solar power."

Biography

Devon was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan (Bachelors) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Masters) in Mechanical Engineering, before pursuing the MPhil in Technology Policy.

Today, Devon works for GE Energy, where he leads a global team of engineers and scientists who are developing state-of-the-art power systems models to simulate Hawaii's grid with high levels of wind and solar power. The results of these studies are being used to identify the challenges and to assess potential solutions, such as new technologies, system modifications, and new operating strategies. Devon was also the project manager for the USD15m Maui Smart Grid project, focused on leveraging distributed resources to help integrate renewable energy in Maui. In addition to these projects, Devon provides technical and strategic marketing support to the GE Energy Storage, Smart Grid, and Renewables teams.

Programme

MPhil Technology Policy 2005

Country

Canada

Company

GE Energy