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

Ahmad Milyani

Ahmad Milyani received his B.S. (With Distinction) 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 Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Kirschen. His research interests include electricity markets, environmental policies in the electricity sector, demand flexibility, and multilevel 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.

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.

Linyue Qiao

Linyue Qiao received the B.S. degree of Electrical Engineering and Automation from Shanghai Jiao Tong University(SJTU), China in 2017. He is now pursuing M.S. degree in UW. He worked on Microgrid project with Dr.Chanaka Keerthisinghe last year. Currently his research topic is the resilience of power system.

Lane Smith

Lane Smith joined the Renewable Energy Analysis Lab in the Fall of 2018 as a Ph.D. student. Before coming to the University of Washington, Lane graduated from the University of Denver with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. His current research interests involve the integration of renewable energy to the grid, particularly concerning power system stability, optimization, and control. In his spare time, Lane enjoys skiing, hiking, and camping.

Yujie Zhou

Yujie Zhou, a.k.a. Auter, received B.S. degree of Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2017. He was an exchange student to the University of Hong Kong in 2015. Currently he's pursuing M.S. degree in UW and is working on disaster related outage data analysis. Auter is a huge Dallas Mavericks fan.

Nina Vincent

Nina joined the REAL lab in Fall 2018 as a PhD student. She received her BA in Physics from Scripps College in 2017 and worked in Strategic Energy Analysis Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for a year after, inspiring her to pursue power system research. She is especially interested in modeling renewable energy based systems.

Current Visitors

Yaohua Cheng

Yaohua Cheng received the B.S. degree from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2015. He is currently pursuing Ph.D. degree in Tsinghua University. His research interests include low-carbon electricity, power system planning and multiple energy systems.

Kjetil Uhlen

Kjetil Uhlen is currently visiting researcher at University of Washington. He is professor in Power Systems at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, and a Special Adviser at STATNETT (the Norwegian Transmission System Operator). His main research interests are within power system operation and control, including integration of renewables and control of hybrid ac and dc networks. Recent focus has been on the development and implementation of synchrophasor (PMU) applications in power system monitoring and control. As special advisor at STATNETT, his main role has been to support implementation of R&D results into the operational environment. Kjetil Uhlen is member of CIGRE and IEEE (since 1993).


Ahlmahz Negash Tacoma Power
Mushfiq Sarker Drift
Yury Dvorkin New York University
Yishen Wang GEIRINA
Zeyu Wang Google
Ting Qiu ERCOT
Jesus Contreras-Ocaña Université de Grenoble (France)
Bolun Xu MIT
Visiting PhD
Matthias Bucher SwissGrid
Tobias Haring Siemens
Nicola Mazzi University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
Yangwu Shen State Grid Hunan Electric Power Company Limited Research Institute
Kenneth Brueninx Katholiek Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
Yunfeng Weng Hunnan University (China)
Yi Wang Tsinghua University
Jingkun Liu Development and Reform Bureau of Xianghe County (China)
Marcel Chuma Cerbantes Instituto Federal de Educação
Yang Wang Alibaba
Weiling Zhang Electric Power Planning Design General Institute (China)
Iker Diaz de Zerio (Denmark)
Leonardo Henrique Universidade Estadual Paulista
Hrvoje Pandzic Zagreb University (Croatia)
Pierre Henneaux Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Ricardo Fernandez Universidad de Malaga (Spain)
Tu Nguyen Sandia National Lab
Rémy Rigo-Mariani National University of Singapore
Agata Swierc Solar Anywhere
Rebecca Breiding US Air Force
Anna Edwards Doosan
James Miller US Air Force Academy
Kelly Kozdras Puget Sound Energy
Ryan Hay MISO
Drew Laqua Amazon
Kevin Morrissey Smarter Grid

Here are the bios of past visitors and alumni.