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.

Dr. Bosong Li

Bosong joined the REAL lab 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

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 in 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.

Lane Smith

Lane Smith joined the REALab in the Fall of 2018 as a Ph.D. student. Lane's research involves modeling demand-side resources and their interactions with energy systems. His research also explores mechanisms for increasing demand-side participation. More broadly, Lane's research interests include macro-energy systems (with a particular focus on the electric grid), energy economics and 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.

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.

Daniel Tabas

Daniel Tabas joined the REAL lab 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.

Trisha Ray

Trisha Ray joined the REAL lab as a M.S. student in the fall of 2019. She received her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in May 2019. During her time at Cornell, she also received a minor in Sustainable Energy Systems. Her research interests include the integration of renewable energy resources and load forecasting methods.

Wenqi Cui

Wenqi Cui joined the REAL LAB 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

Qingchun Hou

Qingchun Hou joined the REAL lab as a visiting Ph.D. student in August 2019, working with Prof. Daniel Kirschen. He is currently pursuing Ph.D. degree in Tsinghua University. He is particularly interested in power system operation and planning, data-driven analytics, and power system optimization. His current work focuses on power system operation and planning under high renewable energy penetration, especially using data-driven method. He received his B.S. degree from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China in 2016. In his free time in Seattle, Qingchun enjoys cycling, cooking, and reading.


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
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
Yushi Tan Uber
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

Here are the bios of past visitors and alumni.