Santa Clara University

Location: Nobili Hall
Room number: 106

Paola de Cecco

Research Fellow

Paola de Cecco is a Senior Lecturer at the Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development, Mpigi Town, Uganda, where she is organizing vocational engineering courses to support the diffusion of energy providing technology to rural Uganda. Adopting participatory action research methods, she is investigating the creation a rural service network for solar technology through a combination of local manufacturing and servicing of foreign products. Since her first experience as an Engineers Without Borders volunteer constructing a solar-based water distribution system in a remote village of Tanzania Paola has combined her expertise in engineering and education to create local technical and managing capacity supporting development programs.

Her core belief in multidisciplinary education is reflected in her commitment to educate herself: Paola holds a Certificate in Community Based Development, a Laurea in Physics from University of Pisa, Italy, and a Masters in Physics from University of California, Irvine and a recent Master of Science in Environmental Studies at San Jose State University, San Jose, California.

Paola's thesis work in East African water development fortified her commitment to create vocational programs equipping African youths with the practical engineering skills they need to engage into their country development.