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 is an Affiliate Professor of Electrical Engineering and is the technical lead with Electric Power Research Institute. He 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. Chanaka Keerthisinghe

Chanaka joined the REAL lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in August, 2017. He is currently working on the Arlington Microgrid project with Professor Daniel Kirschen. He received the PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Center for Future Energy Networks, University of Sydney, Australia in 2017; and B.E. (First Class Hons) and M.E. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. He has industrial work experience at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; and research and teaching experience at the University of Sydney, Australia and University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research interests include: microgrids, demand response, energy management in smart homes, wireless power transfer, self-scheduling of generation power plants, and applying optimization (mathematical programming and approximate dynamic programming) and machine learning techniques in power engineering applications.

Graduate Students

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.

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.

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

Mareldi Ahumada

Mareldi joined the REAL Lab as a PhD student if Fall 2017. She got her B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico City. Before joining UW, she worked for General Electric-Power as an Operability engineer and was part of the Edison Engineering Leadership Program. Her research interests include renewable energy integration and Optimization. Mareldi is very passionate about sports (watching and playing) specially "Futbol" aka Soccer.

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.

Yi Wang

Yi Wang received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China, in 2014, now he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering of Tsinghua University. He is currently a 13-month visiting Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, working with Prof. Daniel Kirschen. His research interest includes smart meter data analytics, multiple energy systems.

Here are the lists of past visitors and alumni.