OnTheJob Interview – Juan Pablo Teran

1.     What’s your name and where have you been living so far?

My name is Juan Pablo Teran, I’m an Argentinean Industrial Engineer and I’ve been living in Maharashtra, India for almost two years.

2.     Where do you currently work?

 I’m offering my seva (selfless duty and without the expectation of its fruit) in a monastery in the state of Maharashtra. It’s a plan consisting on research and implementation of environmental friendly devices to bring down the energy consumption of the ashram.

3.     What are you working on this and next week?

Currently, I am writing down all the procedures done in the operational areas in the monastery. This is done in order to find existing gaps in the processes. When this is finished we will be able to determine the best short, mid and long-term plan for energy consuming devices. An example: How is the water being heated in every part of the monastery, i.e.: Kitchen, rooms, laundry? Obviously this should have been done before even thinking of implementing the first solar system, nonetheless ideal situations come very rarely when one has to mix energy-money-time savings in the day to day basis.

4.     What is the biggest challenge in your job or working field?

The biggest challenge I find is to be able to research and give the best out of myself being involved in so many different areas of the green energy field: solar PV panels, solar water heaters, air source heat pumps and biogas plants.

5.     What do you like most of working in the energy field?

I like working on the energy field because I can find the best suitable device for a specific use, which will save unnecessary waste. It’s about thinking a little bit, being creative and getting in touch with latest technology and people that share interests.

6.     With whom (in or outside the energy field) would you like to have dinner? Where would you eat and about what would you like to talk?

I would love to have dinner with Pope Francis, since he is Argentinean as I am. I would like this meal to take place in Assis and I’d like him to speak about which is the best way to be a professional, with the constant awareness of the divinity within myself.

 7.     The website www.globalenergyprofs.com is a platform for the global community of energy professionals. What do you expect from such a platform?

I would expect this platform to keep up with the sharing of information as well as different opportunities for energy professionals, i.e.: jobs, projects, share travels, researches, investments, etc.

Juan Teran is an Argentinean Industrial Engineer and offers his seva (selfless duty and without the expectation of its fruit) in a monastery in the state of Maharashtra. juanpteran@gmail.com