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Alumni news: Tyler Frazier (BFA 1999) about to earn his Ph.D. in Germany

November 20, 2009

Tyler Frazier, our first BFA graduate (1999), reports from Bonn, Germany, where he is about to complete his Ph.D.

Hi Dr. Williams,

Great to hear from you! I had a look at the blog, looks great!

I’m just wrapping up my PhD here at the University of Bonn — so it will be a PhD in Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.  My dissertation forecasts electricity consumption for the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

Accra is a fascinating city, which has its roots in Portuguese and British colonization (primarily) as well as Nigerian migrants absorbing local Ghanaian tribes and the Asante kingdom’s influence from Kumasi.  There are a number of old castles/forts which date to the 18th century, as well as many old british buildings from the 19th and early 20th century.  Very little preservation, recording, or analysis has been made here, but it seems like an untapped treasure trove in my estimation.

Africans have an interesting interpretation of the slave forts.

I will submit my dissertation shortly after Christmas, and should defend in the following month or so.  Thereafter I am being considered for a fellowship that would take me back to Accra for 3 more years to continue building upon my model (I would move from Bonn to Berlin).  Ideally, by the time I am finished, I will have developed a discrete choice modeling framework for electricity, transportation, water – sewer, stormwater — but education, public safety, and public health could also be included.

I have hundreds of photos of old buildings here, if you are interested Id be happy to post or share. Also if you are interested to know more about my work (this is just a short description) I’d be happy to share. No publications quite yet, but they are forthcoming.

Give my best to all back at my old alma mater!

Wishing you well,

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  1. April 20, 2011 8:54 am

    Dr. Williams,

    Wow — thanks for the nice comment and blog! I defended my dissertation so its official, I am a “Dr.” It should go to print, likely later this month (a German publisher is printing it). I would also recommend having a look at this month’s Viewpoints, some interesting articles there as well.

    Also here is a link to my website at the TUB.

    so..all the family is here in Berlin now — only a stone’s throw from the American Embassy in Zehlendorf (Dahlem). So its also official, “ich bin eine Berliner” — ha!



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