Nearly 1.3 billion people live without electricity in the developing world — contributing to other vital social challenges, such as a lack of food and water and adequate healthcare. Seeing the need for a more collaborative approach to confronting the developing world’s energy challenge, students at MIT have started a new group, called Energy for Human Development (or e4Dev).

The group formed after Yael Borofsky and Sarah Dimson — two second-year graduate students in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning — independently set out to discover which labs and centers, as well as students, at MIT were coming up with novel ways to confront the developing world’s energy crisis. Their individual quests led them to Rob Stoner, the MIT Energy Initiative’s deputy director for science and technology, and visiting professor Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga, who were both expanding their work on the topic and hoping to involve more students. They encouraged Borofsky and Dimson to form a student group and, with support from the MIT Energy Initiative, e4Dev was born.

[Excerpted from an article by Vicki Ekstrom, MIT Energy Initiative. To learn more, read the full story on MIT News.]