Diego Hincapie Ossa

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Program: Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering Ph.D. Program

Specialization: Environmental Engineering

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2024

Area of Research: Energy System modelling, Data-driven sustainability solutions, Holistic assessment of energy projects and policy.

Link to Research Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diego-hincapie-o-92053961

Email: hincapieossa.1@osu.edu

Why are you interested in sustainable energy solutions? Energy is everywhere, it is related to the physical ability for the world to change, to evolve and ultimately, for the universe to exist. Since the very concept of energy is closely connected with the 'capability to do things', improving our energy systems enhances all human activities. Mastery of energy transformation and consumption in an appropriate way determines how mature and smart we are, and how responsible our behavior is. 

How are your personal history and vision assets to development and research in energy and sustainability? I have had the opportunity to work in the energy sector for a while encountering different visions. I have promoted technological solutions to improve efficiency in conventional power industry, planned electric transportation projects and researched in initiatives to foster sustainability in the generation matrix in Latin America. I also have aimed my intellectual curiosity towards the sector; I studied a Masters in Energy Systems in Australia and will focus my PhD to learn, engineer and use modern tools to understand and improve energy systems and their net positive impact to the environment and society.

What is your dream job and how will it contribute to a more sustainable energy landscape? I have worked with private companies, public entities, third sector organizations and academy. My ideal job would gather the pragmatic view of the corporate world with the public-benefit motivation of governmental and civil organizations, and I think there is not a unique place where to develop a career with this view. After my PhD I want to join an academic or scientific organization, but later on, I can see myself in an innovation department in a private firm or in a project-oriented area in an NGO.

Who are potential key partners for your research? My research objectives relate to the understanding of energy systems and their relation with resources, society and life through the development and use of mathematical tools and models. Potential partners ranging from governmental stakeholders to energy technology developers can add value to the objective of designing accurate, robust and telling models. However, in order to address research questions with a systemic view a holistic 'territory' vision is required. I identify a strong match with entities that address policy-related energy problems or other high-level sustainability domains; public agencies and NGO's are some examples.

Hobbies/Personal Interests: I enjoy meeting people with different backgrounds. I am an admirer of culture and peoples' identity expressions. Currently interested in learning more about Latin American music and food. Love coffee, cinema, sports (especially soccer!), and increasing my interest in activities to be in contact with nature.

double-arrowRelevant Technical Skills:

Dynamic Systems Modeling. Experience in power industry and environmental sector- Project planning, Project Manager, Bid (Proposals) Manager, Account Manager, Stakeholder Management, Technical Sales. Financial analysis of engineering solutions.

double-arrowPublications and Presentations:

Energy and Sustainability (with The Nature Conservancy): “Enabling coordination of independent stakeholders to minimize impacts of dam construction and operation at macro-basin scale: an information technology approach”. 12th International Symposium in Ecohydraulics (2018). Tokyo, Japan.

(Contributor) “The Power of Rivers: A Business Case”. The Nature Conservancy. Washington, DC. (2017).  https://www.nature.org/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/documents/powerofriversreport_final3.pdf

Assessment of TNC's "Hydropower by Design" method in system-scale (macro-basin) hydropower planning.