Mi Familia Herrada Tapia

September 20 – October 20, 2017

Sra. Victoria Herrada Tapia (82 years old!) and her extended family of three daughters (Blanca, Lillian & Lucy), one son (Miguel), their spouses (Francisco & Sandra) and Victoria’s grandchildren (Frances & Santiago) all helped me feel very welcome during my first month in Cholula, a suburb of Puebla.  It was their first time hosting a Peace Corps Volunteer, and I would have stayed with them longer if it weren’t for a daily 30+ minute commute via bus to my work at INAOE.  We’ve continued to stay in touch, however, and I especially enjoyed being part of surprise 83rd cumpleaños celebration for Victoria.  I’ve also been involved with restoring an old family bicycle and ping pong table.  Blanca works at the University Politécnica Puebla (UPPue) and arranged a presentation about “INAOE and the Micro-Grid Project” by Dr. Ansel Y. Rodriguez and me on on December 4, 2017.

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Blanca Esthela Aguilar Herrada, me & Santiago Castro in the Cholula Zocalo

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Me & Francisco Torrent Cugat with the Zona Arquelógica ce Cholula in the background

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The view from my bedroom window into Francisco and Lucy‘s front yard.

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Francisco, a very good host and chef.

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Santi, the younger Mexican version of John Travolta, before a high school class dance,

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Lillian’s child-hood bicycle with dead tires and a very rusted chain.

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Lillian and her newly restored “bicicleta.”

HOY CELEBRAMOS EL CUMPLEAÑOS DE

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VICTORIA HERRADA TAPIA

Una Reunión Sorpresa de Familiares y Amigos

Noviembre 11, 2017

Las Mañanitas

Estas son las mañanitas
que cantaba el rey David
A las muchachas bonitas,
Te las cantamos así.
Despierta, mi bien, despierta,
Mira que amaneció,
Ya los pajarillos cantan,
La luna ya se metió.

Qué linda está la mañana,
en que vengo a saludarte,
Venimos todos con gusto
y placer a felicitarte,
El día en que tú naciste,
nacieron todas las flores,
En la pila del bautismo,
cantaron los ruiseñores,

Ya viene amaneciendo,
ya la luz el día nos dio,
Levántate de mañana,
Mira que ya amaneció.

 Sabor a Mí

Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg_L54DW69U

Tanto tiempo disfrutamos de este amor

Nuestras almas se acercaron tanto así

Que yo guardo tu sabor

Pero tu llevas también

Sabor a mí

Si negaras mi presencia en tu vivir

Bastaría con abrazarte y conversar

Tanto vida yo te di

Que por fuerza tienes ya

Sabor a mí

No pretendo ser tu dueño

No soy nada yo no tengo vanidad

De mi vida doy lo bueno

Soy tan pobre, ¿que otra cosa puedo dar?

Pasarán más de mil años, muchos más

Yo no sé si tenga amor la eternidad

Pero allá, tal como aquí

En la boca llevarás

Sabor a mí

No pretendo ser tu dueño

No soy nada yo no tengo vanidad

De mi vida doy lo bueno

Soy tan pobre, que otra cosa puedo dar

Pasarán más de mil años, muchos más

Yo no sé si tenga amor la eternidad

Pero allá, tal como aquí

En la boca llevarás

Sabor a mí

Sabor a mí

Historia de Un Amor

Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsNnF4z4jJg

Ya no estas más a mi lado corazón
En el alma sólo tengo soledad
Y si ya no puedo verte
Por qué Dios me hizo quererte
Para hacerme sufrir mas

Siempre fuiste la razón de mi existir
Adorarte para mí fue religión
En tus besos yo encontraba
El calor que me brindaba
El amor y la pasión

Es la historia de un amor
Como no hay otro igual
Que me hizo comprender
Todo el bien, todo el mal
Que le dio luz a mi vida
Apagándola después
Hay que vida tan obscura
Sin tu amor no viviré

Es la historia de un amor

(Interludio Instrumental)

Es la historia de un amor
Como no hay otro igual
Que me hizo comprender
Todo el bien, todo el mal
Que le dio luz a mi vida
Apagándola después
Hay que vida tan obscura
Sin tu amor no viviré

Es la historia de un amor.

 

Thanksgiving/Día de Gracias

November 22, 2017

English:  Sorry for my long silence.  All is well in my Peace Corps Response Mexico adventure.  I’ve just been too busy to be a very good correspondent.  With my son Tom’s help, I finally have my first-ever blog started (https://pueblog.me/ ).  The PUEBLOG site is set up with some of my earlier posts.  Going forward, I hope that it can be a more convenient communication link with my family and friends in the US.  It also helps me fulfill the Peace Corps’ 3rd goal of helping others learn something from my experience in Mexico.  Check it out and give me some feedback before I add more current posts.  For a teaser I’m attaching a recent picture of “El Popo” as seen from my bedroom balcony in Tonantzintla. I have so much to be grateful for this year, including my ongoing connection with all of you.

I’m especially glad that my immediate family is together this week for Thanksgiving in Tucson, and that they will all be visiting me here for the week of Navidad & Año Nuevo.  I’m taking tomorrow off from my work at INAOE for a day trip to Tlaxcala and a Thanksgiving Potluck with other Peace Corps Volunteers in this area (about 10 of us).  I’m planning to contribute a local version of sweet potatoes.  I hope that each of you and your families have a relaxing day tomorrow and a warm holiday season ahead.  Saludos, Doug/David (+52-1-222-119-2361)

Español:  Perdón por mi largo silencio. Todo está bien en mi aventura en el cuerpo de paz asignado en México. He estado demasiado ocupado como para ser un muy buen corresponsal. Con la ayuda de mi hijo Tom, finalmente tengo mi primer blog iniciado (https://pueblog.me/). El sitio PUEBLOG está configurado con algunas de mis publicaciones anteriores. En el futuro, espero que pueda ser un enlace de comunicación más conveniente con mi familia y amigos en los Estados Unidos. También me ayuda a cumplir el tercer objetivo del cuerpo de paz de ayudar a otros a aprender algo de mi experiencia en México.  Leanlo y denme algunos comentarios antes de agregar más publicaciones actuales. Para un adelanto adjunto una foto reciente de “El Popo” visto desde el balcón de mi dormitorio en Tonantzintla. Tengo mucho que agradecerle a este año, incluida mi conexión permanente con todos ustedes. Estoy especialmente contento de que mi familia (mi esposa e hijos) estén juntos esta semana para Día de Gracias en Tucson, y que todos me visitarán aquí durante la semana de Navidad y Año Nuevo. Me retiro mañana de mi trabajo en INAOE para un viaje de un día a Tlaxcala y una actividad de Día de Gracias con otros voluntarios del cuerpo de paz en esta área (alrededor de 10 de nosotros). Estoy planeando contribuir con una versión local de papas dulcees. Espero que cada uno de ustedes y sus familias tengan un día de descanso mañana y unas cálidas fiestas de fin de año. Saludos, Doug / David (+ 52-1-222-119-2361)

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Front row (left to right): Kati Clancy (our hostess), Kyle Dzwonkowski, Alaina Mallette; Back row: Timo McCarthy, Denhi Salinas Ordaz (Kati’s counterpart), Mickey Tennis, me & Michelle Danielson.
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My family in Tucson, Arizona, (left to right): Tom Crockett, Marjorie Roberts, Jackie Crockett & Elea Crockett

 

 

 

¡Cambridge Presentaciónes!

October 27, 2017

Dear respected author(s) Ansel Y. Rodríquez González, Miguel Palacios Alonso, Fernando Lezama Cruzvillasante, Lino Rodríguez, Enrique Munoz de Cote, Eduardo F. Morales, Luis Enrique Sucar and Douglas David Crockett

Hope you are doing well and thank you very much for your submission.  Without your paper the International Conference on Energy Engineering and Smart Grids (ESG 2018) will never be successful.

Your paper:
ID/ 45
Title/ A Competitive and Profitable Multi-agent Autonomous Trader for Energy Markets

Has been accepted after review process for oral presentation at ESG Conference, Venue: Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge city, United Kingdom

Important Dates:
Please update your paper according to the reviewer comments or on before November 15, 2017, Please use the Easychair system.

Please register your paper on or before November 1, 2017, currently we have many papers from different countries:
http://esg-conference.org/index.php/registration

The registration link is:
https://www.venuewest.com/esg_reg/

Only registered papers will receive an invitation to one of these journals:
Special Issues for ESG 2018 Conferences:
International Journal of Energy Optimization and Engineering (Thomson reuters and 12 more indices)
International Journal of Swarm Intelligence Research (Thomson reuters, INSPEC, and 9 more indices)
International Journal of  Intelligent Decision Technologies (Thomson reuters, Scopus, ACM, DBLP)
International Journal of Technology Diffusion ( INSPEC, ACM,DBLP, and 7 more indices)

We are looking to meet you at University of Cambridge and you are most welcome

Here’s a copy of the paper abstract: ESG18_ISC10302017
We’re still working on editing the English for the full article.

November 26, 2017

Dear respected author(s) Douglas David Crockett

Hope you are doing well and thank you very much for your submission,

We are very sorry for this big delay regarding notification, We received many submissions and we are accepting only best papers in order to invite them later for our special issues, those organized under a high quality journals. (visit the journal web page for more information) http://esg-conference.org/index.php/journals-news

Your paper:
Number: 49
Title: Multi-Agent Intelligent Control System for Hybrid Micro-Grids

Has been accepted after double blind review process by our committee and this is based only on the abstract.

Now the committee request only :
A) To update the paper again with ESG Conference template and include these information on the end of the first page (left side):
ESG Conference Proceedings: 978-1-912532-04-9
DOI: XXX (will be given once the paper registered)

B) Please include some references from high quality journals from 2014 to 2017.

Please update your paper on or before December 5, 2017, Please take into account only the previous request (A and B), you can upload the new file by Easychair.

Please register your paper on or before December 12, 2017, the registration link is:
https://www.venuewest.com/esg_reg/
Information about registration can be found here:
http://esg-conference.org/index.php/registration

After registration and updating your paper, please contact us in order to deliver the two reviewers comments and this is will be on the full paper not only the abstract. We are doing this method in order to prepare a good paper for the proceedings and to build a good paper (extend version) which will be invited later to our special issues.

NOTES:
All accepted and registered papers will be published under the conference proceedings for ESG conference, under the ISBN: 978-1-912532-04-9, and each paper will have a DOI (digital object identifier).

The paper will not published if there is no update and registration.

We are looking to meet you at University of Cambridge, thank you very much for choosing ESG conference to publish your paper.

Should you have any questions or comments, Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

International Conference on Energy Engineering and Smart Grids (ESG 2018)
Venue: Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge city, United Kingdom
25-26 June, 2018
http://esg-conference.org/

Mr Faouzi HIDOUSSI, Director of Corgascience Limited, Qatar
ACM Professional Membership.
E-mail: esg.conf@gmail.com Or fhidoussi@acm.org (Personal)

Here’s a copy of the paper abstract: 
ESG18_PTAC (11.9.2017 DRAFT).pdf

AZ & TX Collaboration?

October 31, 2017

Thanks to you all for participating in what felt like a very productive first meeting.   On the INAOE side, we came away with 3 specific next steps:

1.  Explore the potential for sharing energy production and storage data (with both UA researchers & TEP staff),
2.  Discuss the potential to collaborate on future project proposals (with both México and US funding), and
3.  Plan a Tucson visit in early March 2018.
As they said at the end of the famous Casablanca movie (paraphrased), “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”  Saludos, Douglas David (+52-1-222-119-2361)
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Conference call with the UA Tech Park Arizona staff and the INAOE P-12 Team.  Pictured (left to right) in the foreground:  Dr. Luis Enrique Sucar Succar, Dr. Eduardo F. Morales Manzanares, Alma Rios Flores and Dr. Ansel Rodriguez.  Tech Park AZ staff pictured on the screen: Dr. Richard Powell, Bruce Wright, Naomi Weiner and Justin Dustram.  Not pictured, but also on the call: Dr. Pablo Hector Ibarguengoytia Gonzalez (from INEEL) and Douglas David Crockett.   
REMINDER – We agreed to a conference call tomorrow (10/31) at 11:30 am (Tucson time)/12:30 pm (Puebla time) to discuss the potential collaboration between INAOE (http://www.inaoep.mx/en/) and Tech Parks Arizona (https://techparks.arizona.edu/).  Justin, Naomi, Ansel & I reviewed the draft agenda (attached) and tested the Skype connection this morning to ensure a productive one-hour call tomorrow.  Both Spanish and English can be used during the call, as needed, to help everyone feel comfortable.  I hope that you can join us/Espero que tu puedan acompañarnos. Saludos, Douglas David (+52-1-222-119-2361)
We later (11/16/2017) had a similar conference call with the research staff at the National Wind Institute (NWI) which is part of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.   NWI Call (11.9.2017 DRAFT)
I’m hopeful that we can create some cross-border collaboration between the INAOE research staff and these two U.S. universities that will last much longer than my one-year Peace Corps Response assignment.

My First Month at INAOE

Submitted by Douglas David Crockett (9/22-10/28/2017)

I’m responding to Paola Cabera’s recent request for feedback to the following questions (in bold):

1. What is going well? What am I doing well?

Dr. Ansel Rodriguez, one of my counterparts, has been extremely helpful getting me relocated to the Puebla area and introduced to INAOE.  We’ve agreed to help each other with speaking in our non-native languages, so we’re learning together.  After getting acclimated to the micro-grid energy project (P-12) and team, I was able to facilitate a SWOT analysis to help us identify the internal Strengths and Weaknesses plus the external Opportunities and Threats to focus our current activities and future proposals.  The P-12 team also responded positively to a potential collaboration with the Tech Park Arizona (https://techparks.arizona.edu/) that we’re exploring with a conference call this Tues. (10/31).  I offered to edit the English for several technical research articles, presentation proposals and student theses.  One proposal was already accepted for a presentation at Cambridge, England.  Finally, we’re starting an English Conversation Club every Tues. afternoon for INAOE students with a focus on TED Talks about technological innovations (e.g. our first discussion was about crypto currency & block chains).

The cultural exchange part is also going extremely well for me.  The Sra. Victoria Herrada Tapia Family was very welcoming and helpful for my initial one month homestay in Puebla.  Because of the long commuting distance to INAOE, however, I recently moved to the Hugo Huepa Benitez Family in Tonantzintla, only 4 blocks from INAOE.  I appreciate feeling part of two local extended families, and I don’t plan to move again during the remaining 11 months of my PCR service.  I’ve also started a “Pueblog” about my adventures in México for my friends and family in the United States which is contributing to the Peace Corps’ Goal 3.

2. What could be going better? What could I do differently?

Learning, understanding and speaking Spanish is still my biggest challenge to feeling effective. During our training in Querétaro, Laura Mendez helped measure my incoming language skills as in the intermediate low level (based on ACTFL standards).  With help Ana Marie, my weekly Spanish tutor in Cholula, I hope to get to an advance low or mid level by the end of my 12 month assignment.            I’ve also been sick a few times (two short bouts of diarrhea and one case of getting a bad cold after the 4th time swimming in the unheated INAOE pool).  I’ve learned how critical it is to stay healthy and to pace myself for not over-extending.

 3. Describe in ONE WORD your service experience so far. Exhilarating!

4.  Any questions you may have or any feedback you would like to give to us.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming VAC Regional Meeting in Cholula (11/13), and glad that Paola is planning a site visit with me and my INAOE counterparts around that meeting.  Personal contact is always more effective than emails, texts or phone calls.  I’ve volunteered for the PSN because I believe that kind of personal volunteer support helps make our Peace Corps México experience stronger for all of us.

If you have any good stories and photos you would like to share with us, please send them in.

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Dr. Ansel Y. Rodriguez, Douglas David Crockett & Dr. Luis Enrique Sucar Succar at the PCR-11 Counterpart Training Session in Querétaro (9/21/2017)

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El Popo,” the active volcano near Puebla, as seen from our INAOE parking lot.

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A regular luncheon meeting of INAOE Peace Corps Volunteers, Counterparts and supporters. Pictured (left to right):  Douglas David Crockett, Marcial Jimenez, Alberto Jamarillo, Kyle Dzwonkowski & Lucia Crisanto.

P-12 SWOT Analysis

October 19, 2017

Participants:  Enrique, Eduardo, Ansel, Alma, Doug & Ana Li at our weekly team meeting.

Purpose:  What are the changes to our current 3 proposal that build on our INTERNAL Strengths, correct for our INTERNAL Weaknesses; capitalize on the EXTERNAL Opportunites & protect from the EXTERNAL Threats? The successful future proposal & project lies in the middle of this context (e.g. the “sweet spot.”)

INTERNAL/INTERNA

 Strengths/Fortalezas:

  • INAOE research history & reputation with CONACYT & CEMIE funding
  • Power TAC experience & competitive success (COLD Power broker)
  • SUMEX connection & possible contract/collaboration on the MX energy market
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to help decision-making for:
    • Prediction of energy markets & balancing microgrid outputs with the grid.
    • Failure detection (especially with wind farm simulations – La Ventosa)
    • Drone experience (e.g. agricultural applications)
  • Experienced team:
    • Enrique – experience & visibility (2016 Nat’l. MX Research honor)
    • Ansel – most experienced with coding Power TAC competition
    • Eduardo – AI, Machine Learning (ML), Robotics}
    • Enrique Muñoz Cote (returning in January): MAS, drone ML
    • Pablo: BN , Diagnosis
    • Alma – administrative & $ experience
    • Uriel (INEL), software engineer experience in failure detection
    • Ana Li (masters student) working on failure detection
    • Rene (masters student) working on drones
    • Vladimir (doctorate student) working on simulation & automization
  • Peace Corps Response Volunteer (Douglas David, 9/2017-9/2018)
  • Lots of data

Weaknesses/Debilidades:

  • Not the right kind of data – not enough real energy market or real wind farm data
  • Annual team turnover with students, especially, but also researchers & PCRV
  • Only Ansel with Power TAC coding experience
  • No software developers
  • Microgrid test site is far away (La Ventosa), not connected & only partially working
  • No onsite personnel or communication at La Ventosa yet (Jan.?)
  • Not much business experience
  • No products &/or services that are ready for “prime time” business yet
  • Not enough expertise in electrical power & equipment
  • Internal INOAE bureaucracy – time & money

EXTERNAL/EXTERNO

Opportunities/Opportunidades:

  • Growing markets:
    • Energy exchanges (MX, US & Europe)
    • Renewable Energy (RE) systems (e.g. wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower – 19%, etc.) with only 23% of the current MX energy market.
  • Mexican governmental policy support for climate change mitigation & RE systems (e.g 35% of electricity generated in MX must be from RE by 2024, 43% by 2030, & 50% by 2050, only at 18.3% now), SENER (policy), SEMARNAT ($ support).
  • Increasing frequency of natural disasters, worldwide (e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, climate change impacts, etc.), is forcing the electricity industry to consider more local & resilient solutions with microgrids & RE systems.
  • Growing popular interest in the Internet of Things (IOT) & artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Investments to support this research & development (MX, US & other businesses):
    • Carlos Sim Heuú, Carso Energy;
    • Germán Larrea, Grupo México;
    • Alberto Bailleres, Grupo BAL;
    • Ricardo Salinas Pliego, Grupo Salinas & Grupo Dragon;
    • Vitaluz – portable solar panels for low-income families in MXC & Hidalgo
    • Bright start-up & Combinator, an accelerator investor
    • Eve Technologies – hydrogen vs. diesel for generators
    • Daniel Gómez Iñiguez, SOLBEN (Solucionnes en Bioengergía)
    • CleanTech Challenge with support from Banamex, Aeroméxico, Nacional Financiera & CONACYT
    • Inventive Power – A solar concentrator was the 2010 winner ($250,000 P)
    • Ricardo Rios, Sumex – He helped create regulations for the new Mexican energy markets)
    • Elon Musk, Tesla (recent proposal to power the Puerto Rico recovery)
  • Need for intelligent controls (e.g. microgrids, drones, markets)
  • Need for systems to predict how to make $, detect failures & prevent shutdowns
  • Potential collaboration with big companies already in the market (e.g. Axiona MX)
  • Potential collaboration with Tech Parks Arizona on the Global Advantage Program (for help with business plans), on a delegation field trip to Tucson, AZ in Jan./Feb., and on an INAOE test park (e.g. microgrid with solar panels, storage & controls using business support)
  • Collaboration with other Mexican research institutes.
  • Collaboration with other countries (e.g. US; Ecuador Microgrid; Politecnic institute of Porto in Purtugal; Universidad de Camaguey in Cuba; and Columbia?).
  • Patent protection for unique INAOE ideas, products &/or services.

Threats/Amenazas:

  • Research $ cuts (e.g. CEMIE-Eólica, CEMIE-REDES, CONACYT, etc.)
  • Political instability in and with the United States
  • Increasing cost of natural gas for electricity (75% of the current MX energy market)
  • Big companies are already in the business of energy markets, RE diagnostics, microgrids, drones, etc.
  • Mexican Elections in 2018.
  • Big companies have more $ to succeed in this business faster
  • Losing ownership of the INAOE ideas, data, algorithms, etc.

Introducción de INAOE P-12 Reunión

September 28, 2017

Introducción:

  • Gracias por incluirme en este equipo de proyecto 12.
  • Y gracias a Drs. Enrique y Ansel por visitarme en Querétaro la semana pasada por un día del taller sobre El Cuerpo de Paz.
  • Gracias especialmente a Ansel por ayudarme a llegar a Puebla, por buscar a mi familia anfitriona e introducirme al INAOE.  Este campus es muy bonito y las personas que conozco son todas muy agradables.
  • No hablo español muy bien ahora, pero necesito aprender y practicar más.  Entonces, quiero tratar de hablar (y leer) en español para esta introducción.
  • Tengo 3 preguntas básicas que pueden ayudarnos a trabajar juntos y sólo algunas respuestas.

Pregunta 1 – ¿Quién soy?

  • Me llamo Douglas David Crockett.  En ingles, me llamo solamente “Doug,” pero esto es muy  difícil de decir en español, entonces ustedes pueden llamarme “Douglas” o “David.
  • Soy americano, pero no solo norteamericano.  Crecí en una granja en Dakota del Norte, un estado de los Estados Unidos muy cerca de Canadá y ahora vivo, desde hace 26 años, en Tucson  Arizona, muy cerca de México.
  • Tengo 70 años (en junio) y casado con mi esposa, Jackie, por 47 años con dos hijos adultos, ambos trabajan con computadoras.  Mi hijo vives en Los Ángeles y mi hija vive en Nueva York.
  • Soy gerente de energía por aproximadamente desde hace 30 años.  Tengo una maestría en administración de empresas (MBA) con especialidad en energía.
  • Trabajo como un gerente de energía para las escuelas en Tucson por 15 años y después para la ciudad de Tucson por 8 años con responsabilidades similares, primeramente en la conservación de recursos y en la construcción paneles solares.  Estoy retirado desde hace 3 años.

Pregunta 2 – ¿Porque estoy aquí?

  • Ahora soy voluntario de Cuerpo de Paz aquí a INAOE por 12 meses.
  • Solicité esta posición por varias razones:
    • Todavía tengo energía y buena salud.
    • Quiero aprender y practicar español.
    • No me gustan las políticas negativas ahora entre nuestros dos países.
  • Me gusta este proyecto, especialmente, y creo que es muy importante ahora porque:
    • Todo el mundo debe aprender acerca de los exitosos proyectos en relación a las energías renovables.
    • Mi “tagline” para este proyecto (en ingles) es “Let’s build a micro-grid in Mexico and get the United States to pay for it.”
    • Hay muchas posibilidades ahora en México y en el mundo para más proyectos y empresas en energía renovable.
    • Por ejemplo, estos artículos en Negocios describen con muchos énfasis  y dinero ahora.
    •  Creo que puedo ayudar a ustedes y  a este proyecto.

Pregunta 3 – ¿Cómo puedo ayudarlos?

  • Necesito aprender mucho más sobre las historia de este proyecto, que experiencias tienen ustedes, todas las organizaciones que participan, y como fluye el dinero.
  • Yo leí algunos de los artículos sobre este proyecto de Ansel.
  • Necesito entender mucho más sobre este etapa #7 – los objetivos específicos, programación y entregas.
  • Creo que ustedes tienen una idea valiosa con el “COLD Power” y el producto potencial que las empresas necesitan.
  • Es posible que la Universidad de Arizona en Tucson puedan ayudarnos porque hay un Parque Tec con un “Solar Zone” que es muy grande, y conozco a personas que pueden y quieren colaborar con esta proyecto.
  • Tengo algunos otras ideas que puedan ayudar a expandir este proyecto en el futuro, pero eso es otra conversación.

 ¿Tienen preguntas para mí?

Here’s a copy of the Peace Corps Response job description:

PD_INAOE_Renewable Energies (Microgrids)

On to Puebla

September 23, 2017

I was officially sworn in as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer last Wed. (9/20), and I’m proud to be contributing to the 55+ year program initiated by Pres. Kennedy.  Drs. Ansel Rodriguez & Enrique Sucar Succar, my two counterparts from INAOE (http://www.inaoep.mx/en/) joined me last Thur. for a final training session together at the Peace Corps Mexico office in Querétaro.  Yesterday, Dr. Rodriguez & I traveled from Querétaro to Pueblo by autobus (about 4 hours, but much more modern & efficient compared to US busses).  I met my new host family in Puebla (actually, closer to Cholula) and immediately felt warmly welcomed into an extended Mexican family.  I’m living with Sr. Victoria Herrada Tapia (86 years old) who has 3 daughters, all living nearby, and 2 grandsons who both speak very good English.  The grandsons have agreed to correct my Spanish if I correct their English.  I’m slowly acclimating to hearing lots of Spanish & understanding about 1/2 of what is being said.  We spent today tracing the bus routes to INAOE (about 10 miles away) and walking around Cholula’s El Centro.  It’s a beautiful and very colorful city.  I hope my family will join me here for the Christmas holiday.  There are still signs of the recent earthquake (e.g. several church steeples toppled, including one on top of the famous pyramid here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pyramid_of_Cholula), but everything is already returning to “normal.”  Most Mexicans are not sad that a church built by the Spanish Conquistadors on top of an ancient pyramid is not surviving.  I begin my new work routine Mon. at INOAE on the microgrid energy project.  I’m learning more history about this project (http://ccc.inaoep.mx/~jemc/index.php/research-lines/autonomous-trading-agents/collective-energy-micro-generation/) which has some connections with both San Diego (http://www-elec.inaoep.mx/seminario2016/Yu_2016.pdf) and La Ventosa (https://en.mexico.pueblosamerica.com/i/la-ventosa/), a wind farm near Juchitán at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.  This 12-month adventure has already started out exciting and looks to be getting even more interesting!  Saludos, Doug/David/Dad (+1-52-1-222-119-2361)

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The Kennedy Legacy lives on!
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Instituto National de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE)

Earthquake Update

September 19, 2017

Attached is a credible Peace Corps update on the earthquake in Mexico earlier today.  I’m still alive & well in Querétaro, but it looks like there was significant damage close to where I’m scheduled to to relocated to on Fri. (INAOE is located in Tonantzintla, a small suburb of Puebla near Cholula).  I will get more details tomorrow and again on Thur. when we’re scheduled to meet with our site counterparts here at the Peace Corps Mexico office in Querétaro.  Thanks for your concern, and I will let you know if the situation changes.  Meanwhile, I apologize for previously sending out an incorrect Mexican phone number.  My new correct cell #, dialing from the US, is +52-1-(222) 119-2361.  Doug/David/Dad

Begin forwarded message:
From: “Kuklinski, Jaime” <jkuklinski@peacecorps.gov>
Subject: Today’s Earthquake Update for PCM Volunteers and Staff
Date: September 19, 2017 at 6:27:39 PM CDT
Cc: All Mexico Staff <MX01-Staff@peacecorps.gov>, “Rance, Benjamin” <brance@peacecorps.gov>, “Bruton, Joseph” <jbruton@peacecorps.gov>, “Like, George” <glike@peacecorps.gov>, “Untermeyer, Emily” <euntermeyer@peacecorps.gov>, “O’Donnell, Joshua” <jodonnell@peacecorps.gov>

Dear Volunteers

By now you should all have been contacted by your Emergency Staff Coordinator about the recent earthquakes that hit Puebla and Morelos today.

The following bullets are main points of today’s events as well as the status of PC/Mexico’s operations:

  • At 1:14pm local time today a preliminary 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Puebla, Mexico. Apparently there was another earthquake that struck in the state of Guerrero near Acapulco.
  • The epicenter of the Puebla quake was about 2.8 miles east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles south-southwest of the city of Puebla.
  • It was felt in the center of Mexico City, which is only about 75 miles away, and had a depth of 33 miles, according to USGS.
  • Twenty-seven buildings were reported to have collapsed in Mexico City while others have been seriously damaged.
  • The death toll at the time of this writing is:
    • Puebla:           13
    • Morelos:         42
    • Mexico City:  44
  • The extent of the damage in the areas hit are still being assessed.
  • Peace Corps Mexico has activated its Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and is putting its Volunteers on standfast.
    • All PCM staff (USDHs and PSCs have been accounted for).  PCM’s normal operations have not been affected.
    • Volunteers have been notified of the standfast and have been asked to report their whereabouts and the current status of their community. Remember that during a standfast, you are not allowed to leave your site/community.
    • As of this writing (6:30 pm) 96% of our Volunteers have been accounted for.  Three Volunteers do not have regular cell phone coverage, but their sites are in the northern part of Queretaro state where no seismic activity has been reported.  While we will continue to try to contact them, we are confident that they are ok and that we will hear from them shortly.
    • As per VIDA, there are no visiting Volunteers in Mexico.  One Volunteer who was planning on visiting later this week from Guatemala has been instructed to postpone her visit.
    • As per the whereabouts report, no Volunteers are in the immediate areas affected.
    • While Volunteers in the states of Central Queretaro, Puebla, Tlaxcala, and Hidalgo have felt some shaking, temporary cell phone outages, and temporary loss of electricity, no major impacts have been reported.
  • The Regional Security Office at the US Embassy has been notified and we are on constant communication with them as well as with Peace Corps/Washington.
  • Our EAP committee will reconvene tomorrow, Wednesday at 9:00 am local time to further assess the situation and decide what to do about the standfast.
  • After today’s earthquakes, aftershocks are likely to happen.  If another quake or any significant aftershocks occur at your sites today or tomorrow or where you are stand fasting, please let us know immediately about it and that you are safe-call/text/WhatsApp anytime!  Staff will evaluate the standfast status tomorrow morning and will send another message sometime mid-morning.

Important considerations:

    • Remember to keep your phone charged.
    • If power or cell signal goes out, think about alternatives ways of communicating with us.
    • Ensure that you have adequate supplies of food and water for the next few days.
    • Have a working flashlight on hand.
    • Please read and become familiar with the important information at the end of this email of what to do in the case of an Earthquake.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or doubts, contact us.

Many thanks,

James “ Jaime” Kuklinski

Country Director/Director del Pais

Peace Corps México

Av. Universidad #202 | Querétaro, Qro. México 76020

Tel: 442 238-6900 | cel. 442 250 2680 | Email: jkuklinski@peacecorps.gov

Today’s earthquake reminds us that we should all know how to respond to an earthquake when it occurs.  The following information comes from the Emergency Preparedness and Response section of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Indoor Safety
 
Residences
Mexico City and other larger cities have installed early warning alarms in many neighborhoods.  These sirens should sound shortly before the earthquake hits, normally between 30-90 seconds prior.  Residents living on lower floors should evacuate immediately upon hearing this alarm, if it can be done before shaking intensifies.  In these situations, evacuate your residence and stay away from buildings, utility wires, sinkholes and fuel and gas lines. Mexico City and other larger citers in Mexico have proven to have good constructive techniques but as a general rule, evacuation is recommended as long as it can be done safely and before the earthquake intensifies.
 
If you can’t evacuate your residence follow the Drop, Cover and Hold on indications that are presented below.
 
Chancery
If you are inside the Chancery, stay inside. DO NOT run outside or to other rooms during shaking.
 
In most situations, you will reduce your chance of injury from falling objects and even building collapse if you immediately:
DROP down onto your hands and knees before the earthquake knocks you down.  This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.
COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under the shelter of a sturdy table or desk.  If there is no shelter nearby, get down near an interior wall or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you, and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops.   Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.
DO NOT stand in a doorway.  You are safer under a table. In modern houses, doorways are no stronger than any other part of the house.  The doorway does not protect you from the most likely source of injury−falling or flying objects.  Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by falling or flying objects (e.g., TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases), or by being knocked to the ground.
If possible within the few seconds before shaking intensifies, quickly move away from glass and hanging objects, and bookcases, china cabinets, or other large furniture that could fall.  Watch for falling objects, such as bricks from fireplaces and chimneys, light fixtures, wall hangings, high shelves, and cabinets with doors that could swing open.
If available nearby, grab something to shield your head and face from falling debris and broken glass. If you are in the kitchen, quickly turn off the stove and take cover at the first sign of shaking.
If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.  You are less likely to be injured staying where you are.  Broken glass on the floor has caused injury to those who have rolled to the floor or tried to get to doorways.
Outdoor Safety
If you are outside, stay outside, and stay away from buildings utility wires, sinkholes and fuel and gas lines.
The area near the exterior walls of a building is the most dangerous place to be. Windows, facades and architectural details are often the first parts of the building to collapse. Also, shaking can be so strong that you will not be able to move far without falling down, and objects may fall or be thrown at you. Stay away from this danger zone–stay inside if you are inside and outside if you are outside.
If outdoors, move away from buildings, utility wires, sinkholes, and fuel and gas lines. The greatest danger from falling debris is just outside doorways and close to outer walls. Once in the open, get down low (to avoid being knocked down by strong shaking) and stay there until the shaking stops.
It’s important to share the above information with your family and to hold practice drills at home.  Find more information by going to the CDC website: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/

¡Viva Mexico!

El Grito en Querétaro

September 16, 2017

I’m still recovering from a late-night foray into El Centro de Querétaro last night for “El Grito” at 11 pm.  That’s when a conspiracy to overthrow the Spanish control was discovered here in 1810, and set off a cry to start a revolution the next day (9/16) which is Mexico’s Independence Day.  I stuck it out with another PCR friend for a first-hand view of the celebration with thousands of Mexicans crowded into the main plaza.  After 11 pm, the real party began with fireworks, music & dancing that seemed to go on all night.  Today there are lots of military parades happening here & around the country.  Meanwhile our Peace Corps Response group (of 10) is winding down our initial training here at the Peace Corps Mexico office before heading out to our individual sites later next week.  I will be meeting my counterpart from INAOE (http://www.inaoep.mx/en/) on Thur. and then relocating to Tonantzintla, a suburb of Puebla, on Fri. (9/22).  I will be living with another host family there for the next month as I get settled into my new community & microgrid energy project.  My Spanish is improving, but that’s still my biggest challenge in this adventure.  Everyone has been extremely kind & patient.  I had a mild case of diarrhea several days ago, but it passed quickly with great support from the Peace Corps Medical Officer who is closely monitoring the health of about 300 PC volunteers around Mexico.  I recently changed my phone to a Mexican carrier (Telcel) to make communicating with my colleagues here easier, so I will have another # for the next 12 months (+52–1222-199-2361).  WhatsAp seems to be another common way of communicating here via text and video calls.  My email address will remain the same, and I may be inspired to start a blog soon.  My son, Tom, suggested “PUEBLOG”  for my new social media handle, so look for my first post soon.  Quiero aprender más sobre México, y puedo comunicar con mis amigos y amigas in Los Estados Unidos cuando yo lo aquí.  ¡Viva un puente nuevo entre nuestros países!  I know that it’s still very bad Spanish, but I’m learning the most by trying and often failing without taking it too personally.  It’s a good life lesson for trying to grow old gracefully.  Doug/David

IMG_0094.JPGFor more details about Mexico’s Day of Independence see:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_War_of_Independence