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Advanced Computational Electricity Systems(ACES)

ACES TEAMS

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Director

 

Prof. Santiago GrijalvaProf. Santiago Grijalva

Is the Georgia Power Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, ACES Laboratory Director, and Strategic Energy Institute Associate Director for Electricity at The Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Grijalva is a leading researcher on power system operation, electricity markets, and smart grids. He is a pioneer in the areas of decentralized power system control, ultra-resilient future electricity grids, and Internet of Energy. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2009, he spent 10 years in the power industry, developing of commercial grade algorithms for real-time power system control, optimization, and visualization. He graduated with his M.Sc. and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and 2002, respectively.

Areas of Expertise:
Control and Management Architectures for Future Grid
Real-Time Power System Control, Operation and Computation
Decentralized Power Control Protocols and Electricity Operating Systems
Cyber-Physical Energy Systems and Formal Smart Grids
Prosumer-Based Energy Systems - Energy Internet
Electricity Markets and Industry Business Models
Renewable Energy Integration into the Grid

Official Profile

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Post Doctoral

Dr. Masoud H. Nazari

Dr. Masoud H. Nazari

  • Is Is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Electric Energy in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He obtained his dual PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Power Systems) and Engineering and Public Policy (Energy Policy) from Carnegie Mellon University through CMUPortugal Program in 2012. He was awarded the five-year international FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) fellowship in 2007 and was a visiting PhD student at MIT Energy Initiative in 2010. Dr. Nazari has several publications in the area of smart grids and distributed energy systems.

  • Personal Website
  • Email: mhnazari@ece.gatech.edu

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Current Students

   

Said Al-Abri, PhD Student

  • Education:
    • BS Electrical Engineering (2009), Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
    • MS Electrical Engineering (2013), University of Central Florida, USA
  • Research Interests:
    • Decentralized, Cooperative Control of Multi-Agent Systems
    • Cooperative Control and Communication of Distributed Energy Resources
    • Mobile Autonomous Agents
  • Email: saidalabri@gatech.edu
   

Arjun Anand, MSc Student

  • Education:
    • BS Computer Science (2012), PES University, Bangalore, India
  • Work Experience: Yahoo - Software Engineer (2012-2014)
  • Research Interests:
    • Machine Learning and Data Analytics
    • Distributed System Applications
    • Database Systems
  • Email: arjun.anand@cc.gatech.edu
   

Manish Choudhary, MSc Student

  • Education:
    • MS Information Security, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • B. Tech. Computer Science, Uttar Pradesh Technicel University, India
  • Work Experience:
    • McAfee Labs - Software Engineer (2011-2013)
  • Research Interests:
    • Cryptography, Malware and Vulnerability Research
    • Systems, Network and Cloud Security
    • Internet of Things (Cyber-Physical Systems Security)
    • Machine Learning in Security
  • Email: mchoudhary8@gatech.edu
   
Mitch Costley

Mitch Costley, PhD Student

  • Education:
    • BS Electrical Engineering (2008), Georgia Institute of Technology
    • MS Electrical and Computer Engineering (2009), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Research Interests:
    • Green Power Grid Integration and Policy
    • Power System Operation and Real-Time Algorithms
    • Microgrid Control
  • Email: mitch.costley@gatech.edu
 

 

Jorge Hernandez

M. Javad Feizollahi, PhD Student

  •  Education:
    • BS Industrial Engineering (2005), Sharif University of Technology
    • MS Industrial Engineering (2007), Sharif University of Technology
  •  Research Interests:
    • Stocastic and robust optimization
    • Power system operation
    • Large-scale mixed-integer programming
    • Discrete event simulation
    • Optimization and simulation algorithms
  • Email: feizollahi@gatech.edu
 

 

Taylor Hollis

Jennifer Howard, PhD Student

  • Education:
    • BS Electrical Engineering (2009), Princeton University
    • MS Electrical Engineering (2011), Columbia University
  • Research Interests:
    • Communication/data architectures for power systems
    • Power system economics
    • Power system infrastructure development
  • Email:  jen@ece.gatech.edu
 

 

Tanguy Hubert

Tanguy F. Hubert, PhD Student

  • Education:
    • MS Electrical and Computer Engineering (2010), Georgia Institute of Technology
    • MS Electrical and Computer Engineering (2010),  École Supérieure d'Électricité (Supélec), Paris
  • Research interests:
    • Smart prosumer modeling and applications to home and building energy management
    • Optimal design and simulation of dynamic pricing policies for retail electricity markets
    • Formal smart grid architecture design and associated metrics
    • Renewable energy: impacts on energy security and geopolitics, integration in developing countries
  • Email: tanguy.hubert@gatech.edu
 

 

Qin Sun

Jouni Peppanen, PhD Student

  • Education:
    • BS Electrical Engineering (2008), Tampere University of Technology, Finland
    • MS Electrical Engineering (2010), Berlin University of Technology, Germany
  • Research Interests:
    • Optimal power system control and operation
    • Grid integration of renewable energy sources
    • Electricity markets and power system economics
    • Sustainable energy development and policies
  • Email:jouni.peppanen@gatech.edu
 

 

Qin Sun

Matthew Reno, PhD Student

  • Education:
    • BS Engineering Physics (2009), Taylor University
    • MS Electrical and Computer Engineering (2011), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Sandia National Labs (2009 – 2012)
  • Research Interests:
    • Solar Resource and Variability Assessment
    • Integration of Variable Distributed Resources
    • Microgrid Control and Optimization
    • Visualization
  • Email: matthew.reno@gatech.edu
 

 

Jorge Hernandez

Marcelo Sandoval, PhD Student

  •  Education:
    • BS Electrical Engineering (2010), Universidad San Francisco de Quito
    • MS Electrical and Computer Engineering (2012). Georgia Institute of Technology
  • ABB Research Engineer (2010—2011)
  •  Research Interests:
    • Power systems control, operation, policy, and economics
    • Renewable energy resource
    • Integration of variable distributed resource
    • Microgrid control and optimization
    • Computational intelligence in electric power
    • Control theory
  • Email: marcelo.sandoval@gatech.edu
   

John Seuss, PhD Student

  • Education:
    • BS Electrical Engineering (2006), Georgia Institute of Technology
    • MS Electrical Engineering (2010), University of Central Florida
  • Work Experience:
    • Georgia Transmission Corp., Substation Test Engineer (2006-2008)
  • Research Interests:
    • Power Systems Dynamics and Control
    • Grid Integration of Renewables
    • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Email: jseuss@gatech.edu
   
Alyse Taylor

Alyse Taylor, PhD Student

  • Education:
    • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering form Florida A&M University
    • MS Electrical and Computer Engineering (2012). Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Research Interest: 
    • Communication Architectures for Smart Microgrids
  • Hobbies: Cooking, Crafts, Watching movies, Listening to music
  • Email: ataylor3@gatech.edu
  • Resume
   
Alyse Taylor

James Jamal Thomas, PhD Student

  • Education: BS Electrical Engineering (2011), University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Research Interest: 
    • Power Electronics
    • Power System Control
    • Microgrids
  • Email:  jthomas304@gatech.edu
   
Zhengkai Wu

Leilei Xiong, PhD Student

  •  Education:
    • BS Electrical Engineering (2007), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • MS Electrical Engineering (2009), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • GE Energy Project Engineer (2009—2011)
  • Research Interests:
    • Power System Control and Operation
    • Power System Economics
    • Grid Integration of Renewables
  • Email: leileix@gatech.edu
   
   
   

Xiaochen Zhang, PhD Student

  •  Education:
    • BS Electrical Engineering (2010), Xi'an Jiaotong University
    • MS Electrical Engineering (2009), Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Georgia Tech
  • Research Interests:
    • Decentralized Power System Control
    • Big Data Intelligence for Future Smart Grids
  • Email: x.zhang@gatech.edu
     

 

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Past Students

 

Nathan Ainsworth

Nathan Ainsworth, PhD ECE

  • Education:
    • BS Computer Engineering (2005), Purdue University
    • MS Electrical and Computer Engineering (2010) Georgia Tech
  • DRS Test and Energy Management, Control Design Engineer (2006-2008)
  • Research Interests:
    • Power System Dynamics and Control
    • Control Theory
    • Multi-Agent Systems
    • Renewable Integration
    • Microgrids
  • Graduation Date: May, 2014
   
Mitch Costley

Kyle Coogan, MS ECE

  • Education:
    • BS Electrical Engineering (2012), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Research Interests:
    • Power System Control and Operation
    • Distributed Generation
    Graduation Date: Dec. 2013
   
Mitch Costley

Jose Grimaldo, MSc. ECE

  • Education:
    • BS Electromechanical Engineering (2010), Technological University of Panama
  • Panama Canal Expansion Project  (2010—2011)
  • Research Interests:
    • Control and Design of Microgrid Components
    • Power System Economics
    • Power System Reliability Enhancement
    • Renewable Energy Integration
  • Graduation Date: December, 2013
   
Jorge Hernandez

Jorge Hernandez, PhD ECE

  •  Education:
    • BS Electrical Engineering (2006), Technological University of Panama
    • MS Electrical and Computer Engineering (2009), Georgia Tech
  •  Research Interests:
    • Power system security and control
    • Renewable energy integration
    • Power electronics
    • Power system economics
  • Graduation Date: Dec, 2014
   
Taylor Hollis

Taylor Hollis, MSc. ECE

  • BA University of Virginia, Physics (2006)
  • Radiance Solar Energy Engineer 2008-2010
  • Research Interests:
    • Solar Power
    • Integration of Distributed Resources Power System Dynamics and Control
    • Microgrids
  • Graduation Date: Aug. 2011
   
Qin Sun

Nataraj Kaushik, MSc. CS

  • Education:
    • MS Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • M.Tech Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay
    • B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay
  • Research Interests:
    • Social Computing
    • Secure Computer Systems
  • Graduation Date: May, 2014
   
Qin Sun

Xiaohui Luo, MSc. CS

  • Education:
    • BS Communication Engineering(2012), Beijing University
    • MS Human-Computer Interaction(2014), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Research Interests:
    • Information Visualization
    • Human Computer Interaction
    • Ubiquitous and Social Computing
  • Graduation Date: May 2012
   
Arun

Arun Narasimhan, MSs. CS

  • Education:
    • MS Computer Science(2014), Georgia Institute of Technology
    • B.Tech Information Technology(2010), Anna University, India
  • Work Experience:
    • Software Engineer at Microsoft (2010-2012)
  • Research Interests:
    • Distributed Systems
    • Operating Systems
  • Grduation Date: May, 2014
   
Tanguy Hubert

Ayusman Roy, MSc ECE

  • Education: BS Electrical Engineering (2010), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Research/Technical Interests
    • Generalized state estimators
    • Power systems and control of electric machines
    • Application of databases to real-time control of power systems
  • Graduation Date: Dec. 2011
   
Qin Sun

Mohini Thakkar, MSc. CS

  • Education:
    • MS Computer Science , Georgia Institute of Technology
    • BE Information Technology  (2012), D.J.Sanghvi College of Engineering
  • Research Interests:
    • Virtual Environments and Augmented Reality
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Game Design and 3D user interface
  • Graduation Date: May, 2014

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ACTIVITIES

 

  • September, 2014 Lunch at FERST Place

  • August, 2010 Lunch at Nuevo Laredo

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  • March 2012 Lunch at Nuevo Laredo Cantina

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Last revised on January, 2015