Originally from Paris, France, Ismaila Dabo has family roots in Guinea, a West African nation blessed with abundant sunshine to match the sunny optimism of its people. But despite these powerful sources of energy, there is a lack of electricity to power the country.
“People there do not have the basic items that many of us take for granted here,” says Dabo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering.
“Many students, for example, can’t study at home at night. You will see them studying at the airport, one of the few places equipped with electric lights.”