Joseph Melone is our Research & Development Lead for our Sensors and Measurements theme. When he’s not focusing on the Internet-of-Things for energy networks, he’s playing the saxophone as part of the Strathclyde Big Band!

Tell us about your role at the PNDC.

I’m an R&D engineer at PNDC. I am leading PNDC projects in sensors and measurements with a focus on Internet-of-Things applications for Energy Networks. Typically I’m working with PNDC partners to help them test new solutions, demonstrating new technologies and giving our partners confidence the solutions will work as planned when deployed at scale.

How long have you been working here?

I joined the PNDC in November 2014.

What was your background before joining the PNDC?

Prior to joining PNDC, I was working as a Knowledge Exchange Associate at the University of Glasgow, specialising in power system simulations, 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 for 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 the 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 saxophone at the weekends with these people at I also enjoy badminton and football whenever I can.