Joseph Melone is a senior R&D engineer in our whole energy systems team. When Joe’s not supporting the acceleration of research and development in whole energy systems, he’s playing the saxophone as part of the Strathclyde Big Band!

Tell us about your role at the PNDC

I’m a senior R&D engineer at PNDC, leading projects in whole energy systems, sensors and measurements and the Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications for energy networks. Typically I’m working with PNDC partners to help them test new solutions, demonstrate new technologies and give our partners confidence the solutions will work as planned when deployed at scale.

How long have you been working at PNDC?

I joined PNDC in November 2014.

What was your background before joining PNDC?

Prior to joining PNDC, I was working as a Knowledge Exchange Associate at the University of Glasgow, specialising in power system simulations, and modelling power electronics control systems for connecting renewable resources. The aim was to help SMEs establish this part of their technical capability, addressing a key technical hurdle that small companies can face when developing new energy resources.

My interest in joining PNDC was partly motivated by this experience, and also by the much wider social and economic impact of energy networks, particularly the future push to develop low-carbon energy distribution and transport networks, which is both challenging and exciting.

What do you enjoy most about working at PNDC?

The environment is productive and relaxed, and there’s a healthy dialogue going on between all parts of the team, which makes everybody feel part of what’s going on. There’s also a never-ending supply of cake!

What can we find you doing in your spare time?

I’m a big music fan, and you might hear me playing the saxophone at the weekends with I also enjoy badminton and football whenever I can.