BioBuild Fellow Zachary Gould is part of Virginia Tech's largest cohort of Fulbright U.S. Student grant recipients in university history. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to increase mutual understanding.
Zach, who is an environmental design and planning doctoral student in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, will research energy consumption patterns of families living in homes connected to microgrids in Arusha, Tanzania. Microgrids are miniature versions of the electric grid. Gould hopes to design a microgrid system that will allow for energy autonomy in remote villages, paving the way for more efficient policies in Tanzania.