Dr Hindolo George-Williams holds a BEng degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the University of Sierra Leone, MSc in Energy Generation from the University of Liverpool, and a Dual PhD in Engineering and Nuclear Engineering from the University of Liverpool and the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. In his PhD research, Dr George-Williams developed advanced Monte Carlo Simulation techniques for modelling the reliability and maintenance of complex systems. His techniques have been applied to problems ranging from the availability assessment of offshore oil installations and the maintenance strategy optimisation of power systems, to the probabilistic risk assessment of station blackout accidents in nuclear power plants. In 2020, he was awarded the Donald Julius Groen prize by the Safety and Reliability Group of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, for his work on the Survival Signature technique, an emerging technique for the efficient reliability analysis of complex systems.
Dr George-William’s research interests include: improving the reliability and resilience of severely unreliable electricity grids, especially those in low-income countries; developing low-cost smart grid solutions for low-income countries; optimal design and operation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure; and advanced modelling and simulation of distributed energy systems under uncertainty. Prior to joining DMU’s Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, Dr George-Williams was with the Electrical Power group of Newcastle University, where he worked as a Power Systems Engineer on an Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer project with Flexisolar Limited. This demonstrator project, dubbed the Smart Hubs project, sort to build the UK’s first solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations in public car parks.
Dr George-Williams also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Energy Systems in the Energy and Power Group of the University of Oxford. At Oxford, he was part of a multidisciplinary team of engineers, economists, and social scientists, working on a DFID funded project that sort to improve the way energy services were delivered and utilised in his native Sierra Leone. In 2020, he was nominated as 1 of the top 100 black scientists to have worked or studied at the university, as part of its 2020 Black History month celebrations.
Prior to enrolling for his PhD degree, Dr George-Williams was the country lead for the maintenance team of Total Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone affiliate of the French oil giant, Total. As Maintenance Supervisor, he oversaw maintenance proceedings across 30 to 40 sites and worked on several critical engineering projects, in consonance with the projects team.