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. Bosong Li

Bosong joined the REALab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in November, 2020. She is currently working on the power system resilience enhancement under cyber attacks with Professor Daniel Kirschen. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China in 2019; and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering in Shandong University, China, 2013. She has two years of research experience in Usmart Laboratory, the University of Utah. Her research interests include: resilience of the power system under cyber attacks, aggregation of renewable energy resources, demand response, and optimal control and optimization of power system operation.

Graduate Students

Lane Smith

Lane Smith joined the REALab in the Fall of 2018 as a Ph.D. student. Lane researches distributed energy resource interactions with large-scale energy systems and mechanism design for increasing demand-side participation. More broadly, his research interests include macro-energy systems (with a particular focus on the electric grid), energy policy, optimization, and decision making under uncertainty. He holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington (2019) and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Denver (2018). In his spare time, Lane enjoys skiing, hiking, and camping.

Daniel Tabas

Daniel Tabas joined the REALab as a PhD student in the fall of 2018 after receiving his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on control and optimization in power systems with high levels of renewable energy. Outside of academics, Daniel enjoys skiing, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking.

Wenqi Cui

Wenqi Cui joined the REALab as a PhD student in the fall of 2019. She received her M.S in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2019 and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southeast University in 2016. Her research interests involve optimization and control of power systems with the integration of flexible resources. In her free time, Wenqi enjoys playing guitar, listening to music, hiking and kayaking.

Current Visitors


PhD First Placement Following Graduation
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
Yushi Tan Uber
Abeer Almaimouni Kuwait University
Daniel Olsen Intellectual Ventures
Ahmad Milyani King AbdulAziz University
Ryan Elliott Sandia National Laboratories
Yao Long Morgan Stanley
Mareldi Ahumada-Parás Stanford University
Visiting PhD Home Institution
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
Qingchun Hou Tsinghua University
Jihad Guenaou Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Postdocs Subsequent Position
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
Yushi Tan Uber
Chanaka Keerthisinghe Utopus Insights
MS First Placement Following Graduation
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
Nam Song GE Grid Solutions
Linyue Qiao Tokyo Institute of Technology
Yujie Zhou China Southern Power Grid
Jackie Baum EPRI
Nina Vincent U.S. Energy Information Administration
Trisha Ray Ascend Analytics
Kelsey Foster Arc Boat Company

Here are the bios of past visitors and alumni.