Renewable Energy Analysis Lab - People



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.

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.


Dr. Remy Rigo-Mariani

Remy Rigo-Mariani received his M.S in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France in 2009 and 2014. He is currently a postdoc working with Dr. Miguel Ortega-Vasquez. His research interests refer to power systems modeling/experiments, battery storage management, energy scheduling as well as design for smart microgrids using different types of optimization methods.

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 power system economics, energy storage and renewable forecasting. 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.

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.

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.

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 work is related to scheduling theory and power system resilience, including post-disaster restoration scheduling, pre-disaster hardening. He was an intern with EPRI in 2014 and a Research Aide with Argonne National Lab in 2015.

Bolun Xu

Bolun Xu received his M.S. degree from Swiss Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in 2014 and his B.S. degrees from Shanghai Jiaotong University and University of Michigan in 2011, all in Electrical Engineering. He joined REAL lab in fall 2014 as a PhD student. His master thesis focused on the optimization of Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in providing frequency controls considering the degradation of battery cells. His previous research experiences also include the grid level optimization of active demands, and increasing the share of wind and PV generations in power systems.

Ahmad Milyani

Ahmad Milyani recieved his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2011 and 2013 respectively. He joined the REAL lab in 2014 and is currently working towards his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Miguel Ortega-Vazquez. His research interests include electricity markets, demand flexibility, and bilevel programming.

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.

Ryan Elliott

Ryan Elliott rejoined the Renewable Energy Analysis Lab after at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While at Sandia, his research revolved around dynamics and controls for largescale power systems. He is particularly interested in synchrophasor applications, including control systems enabled by real-time PMU feedback. He also served on the Renewable Energy Modeling Task Force(REMTF) in the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC), where he lead the development of model validation guidelines for transmission-scale photovoltaic power plants.

Ryan 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.

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

Daniel Olsen

Daniel Olsen graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Electric Power Engineering. Before coming to the University of Washington, he worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for 3 years. His interests include demand response, load modeling, and industrial energy management.

Kevin Morrissey

Kevin graduated from Tufts University with a degree in electrical engineering in 2012 and subsequently worked in energy sector consulting in Washington, D.C. He joined the REAL Lab at the University of Washington in the Fall of 2015 as a master's student. His research interests involve mitigation of short term generation imbalances for the introduction of renewable energy into the power grid. Kevin works with the DOE/PNNL-led connected buildings software initiative entitled VOLTTRON. Kevin enjoys travelling and rock climbing in his spare time.

Ryan Hay

Ryan received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2013. After this he worked for two years in the construction industry working with electrical distribution systems of engine test facilities for large industrial customers. Ryan began his Master's studies at the University of Washington in the Fall of 2015, with primary research interests in electricity markets, unit commitment, and energy storage technologies. In his free time, Ryan enjoys running, hiking, eating, and listening to music, often all at the same time.

Yao Long

Yao joined the REAL lab in fall 2016 as a Ph.D. student. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in 2014. She worked at the Smart Grid Operation and Control Lab in HUST as a research assistant from 2014 to 2016. Her previous research focuses on the small signal stability analysis of power system integrated with large scale wind power. Her current research interest is the application of submodularity in power system stability control. Yao enjoys reading and playing the guitar.

Nam Song

Nam joined the REAL lab in Fall 2016 as a Master's student. He graduated from University of Toronto with a BASc in Engineering Science specializing in Energy Systems Engineering in 2016. His undergraduate thesis focused on optimizing economic dispatch for variable renewable energy sources. He also interned at Hydro One Networks as a Protection, Control, and Metering Engineer. His current research interests are in forecasting, electricity markets, and energy storage integration. During his spare time, he frequently attends local concerts, plays the bass guitar, and goes crate digging at various record stores in the Seattle metropolitan area

Current Visitors

Agata Swierc

Agata Swierc is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in University of Washington since June 2016. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degree from Silesian University of Technology in Poland. Her research interests lie in the area of renewable energy sources, efficiency, and storage analysis, design, modelling and optimization. In her spare time Agata enjoys hiking and cycling.

Jinjiang Zhang

Jinjiang Zhang joined REAL lab in August 2016 as a visiting scholar. He is an associate professor with the School of Automation and Electrical Engineering at Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, Hangzhou, China. He obtained Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2009. His research interests include renewable energy integration, intelligent information processing technology, risk assessment and control of power system with multi-factors interaction.

Leonardo H. Macedo

Leonardo H. Macedo joined the REAL Lab in November 2016. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Ilha Solteira, Brazil, in 2013 and 2015, respectively. He is now pursuing the Ph.D. degree with UNESP. Leonardo is currently a visiting student at UWEE working with Dr. Miguel Ortega-Vazquez. His research interests are in the fields of: transmission and distribution systems planning, operation, and control; mathematical modeling of power systems; optimization of transmission and distribution systems; theory and application of metaheuristics.

Here are the lists of past visitors and alumni.