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Faculty

Professor Daniel Kirschen

Daniel S. Kirschen was appointed Close Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2011. From 1994 to 2010, he was Professor of Electrical Energy Systems and Head of the Electrical Energy and Power Systems research group at the University of Manchester in the UK. Prior to joining the academic world, he worked for Control Data Corporation and Siemens-Empros on the development of advanced application software for electric utilities. More information

Professor Miguel Ortega-Vazquez

Miguel Ortega-Vazquez was appointed Research Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering of the University of Washington in 2011. From 2010 to 2011 he was Assistant Professor in the Division of Energy and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. From 2006 to 2010 he was Research Associate in the Power Systems research group at the University of Manchester in the UK. More information

Postdocs

Dr. Hrvoje Pandzic

Hrvoje Pandzic started his post doctoral research at the University of Washington in May 2012. He is a researcher at the project Energy Positioning: Control and Economics. Hrvoje received his Masters and PhD degrees with the University of Zagreb in 2007 and 2011, respectively. His fields of interest include power system analysis, planning and maintenance, as well as optimization techniques. He is a member of IEEE.

Dr. Pierre Henneaux

Pierre Henneaux started his post doctoral research at the University of Washington in October 2013. Pierre received his Masters and PhD degrees with the Universite libre de Bruxelles in 2009 and 2013, respectively. His fields of interest include probabilistic risk analysis of power systems and blackout probabilistic risk analysis. He is a member of IEEE.

Graduate Students

Yishen Wang

Yishen joined the REAL lab in Fall 2011 as a Ph.D. student. He received his B.Eng degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University. His undergraduate thesis focused on the analysis of different management modes of pumped storage units for the local grid and wind integration. His current research interests are using wind forecast to characterize the wind uncertainty considering various correlations and its application in integration studies. Yishen likes to find nice restaurants in the local area, and introduce them to his friends. In his spare time, he loves to spend his time in the sport field. Soccer and basketball are his favorite. In addition, he also enjoys relaxing with novels and movies.

Yury Dvorkin

Yury Dvorkin received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Moscow Power Engineering Institute (National Research University), Moscow, Russia, in 2010. Yury started his doctoral education at the University of Washington in 2010 and was with the Sensors, Energy, And Automation Lab until he joined Professor Kirschen in June 2011. Currently he is a Ph.D. Candidate and a Research Assistant at the REAL lab. Yury's research interests revolve around power system economics and flexibility. In his research Yury aims to optimally schedule resources in order to improve overall power system performance, which is currently being challenged by constantly growing uncertainties.

Ting Qiu

Ting Qiu received the B.S. degree in Control Science and Technology from Xi'an University of Technology in 2008 and the M.S. degree in System Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 2011. She is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at University of Washington, Seattle. Her research interests include optimization algorithms and their applications in electric power system and market operation.

Ahlmahz Negash

Ahlmahz Negash is originally from Los Angeles and grew up in Adelanto, California. She first majored in chemistry and graduated from Victor Valley College in 1996. She returned to college, after a 10-year teaching career, and is currently a PhD Candidate in the Electrical Engineering Department at UW. Her research interests include renewable energy, integration of distributed generation, and the application of high performance computing to power system studies. She is currently collaborating with Alstom Grid on a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) project. Ahlmahz is an active member the University of Washington Women's Initiative (UWWI) and student coordinator for Promoting Equity in Engineering Relationships (PEERs). She is also listed as a resource person for students applying for the NSF GRFP who need help with essays or the application process in general. Ahlmahz loves traveling, reading, eating chocolate, petting cats, and singing out loud and off-key (when nobody is watching, of course).

Mushfiq Sarker

Mushfiq Sarker received his B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. He began his doctoral education at the University of Washington in Autumn of 2012 for the Renewable Energy Analysis Lab. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer and lacrosse. In addition, he enjoys watching movies.

Zeyu Wang

Zeyu joined the REAL lab in Fall 2012 as a Ph.D. candidate . He received his B.Eng degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University. His undergraduate thesis focused on generation expansion planning considering uncertainties and variabilities of wind power integration. His current research focuses on Distributed Generation Resources(DERs) in distribution level, their integration to distribution networks and economic benefits that DERs will provide. Zeyu loves sports. His hobbies range from cycling, jogging, swimming to team sports like basketball and soccer.

Rebecca Breiding

Rebecca Breiding graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2004. Her research interests focus on decreasing the time spent repairing the electrical grid after a natural disaster. Enjoy swimming, the outdoors, and spending time with family.

Jesus Elmer Contreras Ocana

Jesus Elmer Contreras Ocana joined the REAL Lab as a PhD student in the Fall of 2013. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently working with Dr. Miguel Ortega-Vazquez in the project: "Assessment and enhancement the smart building's flexibility and responsiveness". Jesus enjoys running, concerts, traveling, and trying new foods.

Yushi Tan

Yushi received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He began his doctoral education at the fall of 2013 for the REAL lab. His hobbies includes badminton, volleyball, basketball.

Agustina Gonzalez

Agustina Gonzalez joined the REAL Lab in Fall 2013 as a Masters student. She is from Rosario, Argentina, and received her Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering with concentration on Power Systems from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Rosario, Argentina, in 2012. Her research interests are related to power systems, electrical market operations, dispatch and control. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, getting to know new places and meeting people.

Drew LaQua

Drew LaQua received his B.A. degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in the spring of 2013. In the autumn of 2013, he joined the REAL lab as a graduate student in pursuit of a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering. In his free time he enjoys reading, cooking, snowboarding, and cycling.

Abeer Almaimouni

Abeer Almaimouni is a PhD student from Kuwait. She obtained her BS degree from Kuwait University (KU) in 2007. She worked for Kuwait National Petroleum Company as an electrical maintenance engineer from 2008 to 2011. After that she was hired by KU, her current sponsor, as a scholar at EE department, KU. Her research interest revolves around power system expansion planning.

Visitors

Professor Chuangxin Guo

Chuangxin Guo visited the REAL lab from August 2012 to October 2012. He is a professor with the College of Electrical Engineering at Zhejiang University (ZJU). He obtained the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology(HUST), Wuhan, China, in 1992, 1994 and 1997, respectively. Prior to join ZJU, he worked as the Director of Beijing Dongfang Electronics Research Institute and the Deputy Chief Engineer of Dongfang Electronics Co., Ltd. His research interests include smart grid, intelligent information processing technology and its application in power system.

Yunfeng Wen

Yunfeng Wen joined the REAL lab in November 2012 as a visiting Ph.D student. He received his B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sichuan University (SCU) in Chengdu, China in 2010. He is currently pursuing his Doctor's Degree in Electrical Engineering with the College of Electrical Engineering at Zhejiang University (ZJU), Hangzhou, China. His research interests include power system risk -based dispatch and optimal power flow with large-scale storages.

Tobias Haring

Tobias is a visiting PhD-student from ETH Zurich. Before he joined the Power Systems Laboratory at ETH Zurich in 2010, he received a M.A. in economics from the University of Graz (Austria) and a M.sc. in electrical engineering from Graz University of Technology (Austria). His fields of interests include optimization techniques, modeling and analysis, power systems economics and market design. He is Student Member of IEEE.

Iker Diaz de Cerio Mendaza

Iker Diaz de Cerio Mendaza is pursuing his PhD studies in the Energy Technology Department at Aalborg University. He received his MSc with University of Zaragoza in 2010 under the European program EUREC. Iker is currently a 6 months visiting student at UWEE working with Dr. Miguel Ortega-Vazquez. His fields of interests include demand response, demand side management, smart grids and power distribution network analysis. He is Student Member of IEEE.

Professor Haiying Li

My name is Haiying Li and I will be a one-year visiting scholar from Sep 2013 to Sep 2014. My research is about situational awareness of smart grid.

Professor Suhua Lou

Suhua Lou joined the REAL lab in June 2013 as a visiting scholar. She is an associate professor with the College of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China. She obtained the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from HUST, in 1996, 2001 and 2005, respectively. She was a visiting scholar with the Centre for Electrical Energy System, University of Hong Kong(HKU), Hong Kong, from May 2010 to September 2010. Her research interests include power system planning and optimizing operation, renewable energy generation integration into power grid, positioning of energy storage in power grid. She loves reading, playing badminton and ping-pang, and drinking Italian coffee.

Yuangwu Shen

Yangwu Shen joins the REAL Lab in the Fall 2013 as a visting PH.D student. He comes from Hubei, China, and now he is pursuing his Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering at Wuhan University, China. His fields of interests include the energy storage system, wind power integration and applications of energy storage for the wind power operation in power systems.

Ricardo Fernandez-Blanco

Ricardo Fernandez-Blanco received the Ingeniero Industrial degree from the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain, in 2009. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. Ricardo is currently working at University of Washington with Prof. Miguel Ortega-Vazquez. His research interests are in the fields of power systems economics, bilevel programming, and electricity markets.

Alumni

Ryan Elliott

Ryan Elliott received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2009 and 2012 respectively. He performed research in the Renewable Energy Analysis Lab in 2012 on the security-constrained optimal power flow problem. His work focused on understanding non-classical methods for decomposing locational marginal prices.

After attaining his M.S. degree, Ryan went on to pursue a career in the Energy Storage and Transmission Analysis Group at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work at Sandia ranges from studying the technical and economic viability of energy storage deployments to analyzing the impact of increasing renewable energy penetration through transient stability analysis. More information

In his free time Ryan enjoys cooking, reading for pleasure, and listening to jazz (particularly in concert).

Tsz-Kin (Marco) Au

Tsz-Kin (Marco) Au received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2010. He joined the Computational Intelligence Applications (CIA) Laboratory in his senior year as an undergraduate researcher, focused on wind energy integration. In 2010, Marco started his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, focused on power system and renewable energy. His master thesis focused on the impact of plug-in electric vehicles to the distribution networks. Marco was one of the course developers for the Northwest Workforce Training on Smart Grid Program. In addition, Marco was a teaching assistant for some power system courses and was nominated to the Teaching Award of the College of Engineering (2010, 2011) and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award of the Electrical Engineering Department (2012). Marco likes soccer, hiking, camping, photography and traveling. He also likes to work on fun project with K-12 students who are interested in science and engineering. More information

Thesis description: The demand for plug-in electric vehicles has grown rapidly in recent years due to lower operation costs and lower emissions in comparison to conventional, gas-powered vehicles. Despite these benefits, it is essential for utilities to investigate the impact of plug-in electric vehicles in order to protect utility system components, especially distribution level networks. Since the operation, plugging timing and energy consumption of these vehicles is subject to uncertainty; we must resort to use probabilistic tools. As a consequence a natural way to investigate the impact of plug-in electric vehicles on distribution networks is by means of Monte Carlo simulations. Since it is of paramount importance to set up scenarios as realistically as possible; therefore in this study, a set of real driving behavior data for 34,000 drivers is used. The investigation considers two different types of distribution loads - commercial area loads, and residential area loads, as well as different types of charging behaviors such as charge-at-home-only and charge-at-work-and-home.