In this paper, we make the case for an increased focus on teaching an understanding of societal context and the integral role it plays in energy infrastructure design. Power system design education is inadequate in terms of holistic understanding of the non-technical aspects of a client-society in the development of energy infrastructure solutions. These are reflected in many failed designs, primarily designed by student engineers as part of capstone projects, senior design projects, or extra-curricular work through humanitarian-oriented programs administered by NGOs. We are developing coursework that introduces students to the complexities involved in the practice of engineering in rural communities at the international level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5846-5853
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2021


  • Contextual engineering
  • energy infrastructure
  • non-technical design factors
  • power system education
  • societal context

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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