By Paulina Zarate
The International Center at the University of Kentucky has announced its first cohort of UK Global Impact Award winners. Jeffrey Seay, PJC Board of Trustees Engineering Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Extended Campus at Paducah, is one of the five winners.
Recipients comprise faculty, staff and alumni who have significantly contributed to the university’s global engagement through education, research and service, as well as fostered a culturally diverse, welcoming environment that is conducive to comprehensive campus internationalization.
This award recognizes Seay for his applied research work around the deployment of various sustainable energy technologies to empower communities in developing economies, such as Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, India, Nepal and Uganda.
As part of those efforts, Seay established the UK Appropriate Technology and Sustainability (UKATS) research group in 2012.
“Jeff brings scholarship to everything he does. He has studied how and why many technological solutions with potential to combat poverty never get into the hands of users that need them the most,” Noble Banadda, chair of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Makerere University, said. “With my chemical engineering background, I was astonished by the great interest Jeff exhibited to do impactful research in places where even me as an African would never date to undertake.”
Additionally, Seay has produced 22 peer-reviewed publications, 32 national and international technical publications and 28 national and international student research awards and fostered ongoing collaborations with colleagues at Makerere University, as well as at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.