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    Friday
    Jun192015

    Design Team’s Energy Visionary: Nyan Lin Htet

     

     

     

    What do you get when you mix idealism and drive with some serious brainpower? Meet Nyan Lin Htet, Proximity Product Designer and solar energy enthusiast, recipient of a highly selective scholarship to participate in a five-week exchange program with the University of Montana to learn more about global environmental issues.

    We caught up with him before his flight to Missoula and discovered that Nyan Lin Htet’s interest in renewables dates back to his final year of engineering studies at the Myanmar Maritime University. While carrying out exhaustive research for an essay contest about the low-carbon societies of the future, Nyan Lin Htet became aware of both the urgency and the potential for emerging technologies to alleviate some of the world’s most pressing problems.

    Pursuing this further, he eventually enrolled in an online course on solar energy at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Nyan Lin Htet spent at least three hours every day studying complicated equations and learning about semiconductors, as well as solar cells and solar systems, all the while bearing with power outages and slow Myanmar internet speeds. Still, out of the 57,000 people who signed up for the course, he received one of the top 35 scores, and was one of four students selected to visit Delft University for a one-week workshop. The visit had a huge impact on him and made it clear that he had to find a way to align his values and his work. Which is why Nyan Lin Htet set about researching the solar landscape in Myanmar while participating in a “Startup Bootcamp.”

    It was around this time that Proximity’s workshop first got a call from an inquisitive young man requesting data about our renewable energy lanterns.  “I had attended many meetings and conferences about social business, so when I learned that Proximity was a social enterprise with a design lab I was so excited,” he explains. It wasn’t long before Nyan Lin Htet joined Proximity, where he fit right in as a product designer. “The Product Design Team is unique in Myanmar,” he says, “here, every member has different ideas and everybody is allowed to think outside of the box and to think creatively.”

    Already, Nyan Lin Htet has helped the team design a solar panel stand that positions panels at the optimum angle given Myanmar’s northernmost and southernmost latitudinal locations. Currently, he's drinking up plenty of fresh Montana mountain air and soaking in as much as he can about opportunities to bring unique energy and environmental value to Myanmar customers.

    Tireless and positive, Nyan Lin Htet is determined to become a successful social entrepreneur one day, and we can’t wait to see where his mix of strong ideals, initiative, and intelligence, take him.  

    At Proximity's Product Design Lab, Nyan Lin Htet shows off his battery expertise

     

     

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