Students

Current Students

Current PhD Students

BATURAY CALCI
PhD Student, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering

Previous Degrees:
MS, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, UT Austin
BS, Industrial Engineering (minor in Economics), Bogazici University

Research Areas: energy markets, complementarity modeling, network optimization, natural gas
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Bard
Publications:
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North American Natural Gas Markets Under LNG Demand Growth and Infrastructure Restrictions (The Energy Journal)
•  Incorporating Learning-by-Doing into Mixed Complementarity Equilibrium Models (Computers & Industrial Engineering)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
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Runner Up, Dennis J. O’Brien USAEE/IAEE Best Student Paper Award, United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE), 2019
•  President, UT Austin student chapter of INFORMS, 2018-19
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Operations Research Intern, Wayfair, Summers 2020 and 2021

CONNOR COLOMBE
PhD Student, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering

Previous Degrees:
MS, Computer Science, UT Dallas
BS, Physics and Mathematics, Harvey Mudd

Research Areas: carbon capture, utilization, and storage; energy policy; network optimization
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
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President, UT Austin student chapter of INFORMS, 2021-22

LE (HELEN) LU
PhD Student, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering

Previous Degrees:
MS, Operations Research, Georgia Tech
BEng, Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Areas: energy system modeling, network optimization, infrastructure resilience
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Professional Development Chair, UT Austin student chapter of INFORMS, 2020-21
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Graduate Intern, Power Sector Modeling and Economic Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Summer 2021

RACHEL MOGLEN
PhD Student, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering

Previous Degrees:
MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Maryland

Research Areas: infrastructure resilience, network optimization, energy-water nexus, natural disasters
Publications:
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Using Cluster Analysis and Dynamic Programming for Demand Response Applied to Electricity Load in Residential Homes (ASME Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Buildings and Cities)
•  Optimal thermostatically-controlled residential demand response for retail electric providers (Energy Systems)
•  Consequences of Changes to the NRCS Rainfall-Runoff Relations on Hydrologic Design (Journal of Hydrologic Engineering)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Fellow, INFEWS NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
•  Student Fellow, Macro-Energy Systems Community

•  President, UT Austin student chapter of INFORMS, 2020-21
•  Graduate Student Intern, Energy & Water, Sandia National Laboratories, Summers 2020 and 2021

NAN ZHANG
PhD Student, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering

Previous Degrees:
BS, Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University


Research Areas:
electricity, distributed energy resources, network optimization, optimization under uncertainty
Publications:
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Implications of a regional resource adequacy program for utility integrated resource planning (The Electricity Journal)
•  The economic value of a centralized approach to distributed resource investment and operation (Applied Energy)
•  Optimal Residential Battery Storage Operations Using Robust Data-Driven Dynamic Programming (IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Intern, Amazon Lab126, Summer 2021

Current MS Students

J. SEAN CORCORAN
MS/MBA Student, Energy and Earth Resources and McCombs School of Business

Previous Degrees:
BS, Economics, University of Michigan
BSE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Research Areas: energy system modeling, renewable energy, energy finance, cleantech ventures
Publications:
•  Leveraging scale economies and policy incentives: Carbon capture, utilization & storage in Gulf clusters (Energy Policy)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Cleantech Fellow, 7X Energy, 2021
•  Research Fellow, Carbon Reduction Assessment: New Enterprises (CRANE), Prime Coalition, 2020-21
•  Intern, Economics and Forecasting Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Summer 2020
•  Energy Efficiency Engineering Intern, CLEAResult, 2020
•  Consultant, Energy Technology, Management, and Policy, Navigant, 2018-19
•  Intern, Utility Planning and Power Markets, ICF, Summer 2017

Current Undergraduate Students

BENJAMIN R. MENDOZA
BS Student, Mechanical Engineering

 


Research Areas:
carbon capture, utilization, and storage; energy policy; network optimization
Background and Experiences:
•  Mechanical Intern, BNSF Railway, Summer 2021
•  Current third-year student in Mechanical Engineering
•  From Fort Worth, TX

Alumni

PhD Graduates

ERICK JONES (2021)

Degrees:
PhD, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, UT Austin
MS, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, UT Austin
BS, Chemical Engineering (minor in Petroleum Engineering), Texas A&M

Job Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure track), UT Arlington

Research Areas: food-energy-water systems, energy system modeling, distributed energy resources, multi-systems optimization
Publications:
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Co-optimization and community: Maximizing the benefits of distributed electricity and water technologies (Sustainable Cities and Society)
•  Contributions of shared autonomous vehicles to climate change mitigation (Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Fellow, INFEWS NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
•  Fellow, The National GEM Consortium Fellowship Program
•  Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship, DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 2020
•  Guest Scientist, Computational Earth Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Summer 2020
•  Researcher, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute, 2020-21
•  Research Fellow, Carbon Reduction Assessment: New Enterprises (CRANE), Prime Coalition, 2020-21
•  Module Developer, Planet Texas 2050

GOPIKA JAYADEV (2021)

Degrees:
PhD, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, UT Austin
MS, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, UT Austin
BTech, Production & Industrial Engineering, National Institute of Technology Calicut

Job Placement: Machine Learning Engineer, Apple

Research Areas: energy system modeling, network optimization, bilevel optimization, natural gas
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Bard
Publications:
• 
U.S. electricity infrastructure of the future: Generation and transmission pathways through 2050 (Applied Energy)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Data Science Intern, Apple, Summer 2019
•  Data Science Intern, NXP Semiconductors, 2019
•  Operations Research Intern, Optym, Summer 2017

QIANRU ZHU (2021)

Degrees:
PhD, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, UT Austin
MS, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, UT Austin
BS, Mathematics and Economics, Penn State

Job Placement: Engineer/Scientist II, Electric Power Research Institute

Research Areas: energy system modeling, infrastructure resilience, sustainable cities, cost-benefit analysis
Publications:
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Vehicle efficiency improvements, urban form, and energy use impacts (Cities)
•  Case Studies of the Economic Impacts of Power Interruptions and Damage to Electricity System Infrastructure from Extreme Events (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory technical report)
•  A Markov Decision Process Approach for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Infrastructure Resilience Upgrades (Risk Analysis)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Trainee, INFEWS NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

MILAD EGHTEDARI NAEINI (2021)

Degrees:
PhD, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, UT Austin
MS, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, UT Austin
MS, Construction Engineering and Management, University of Tehran

Research Areas: climate policy, cost-benefit analysis, integrated assessment modeling, optimization under uncertainty
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Eric Bickel
Publications:
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Can you trust a model whose output keeps changing? Interpreting changes in the social cost of carbon produced by the DICE model (Environment Systems and Decisions)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Licensed Professional Engineer, Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

ARKASAMA BANDYOPADHYAY (2020)

Degrees:
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin
BS, Mechanical Engineering (minor in Mathematics), Oklahoma State

Job Placement: Research Assistant Professor, Texas A&M

Research Areas: energy system modeling, residential electricity demand, distributed energy resources, demand response
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Michael Webber
Publications:
• 
Solar panels and smart thermostats: The power duo of the residential sector? (Applied Energy)
•  As one falls, another rises? Residential peak load reduction through electricity rate structures (Sustainable Cities and Society)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  First Prize, Economic, Policy, and Legal Analyses, UT Energy Week Student Research Competition, 2020
•  Grant-in-Aid Award, Taraknath Das Foundation, 2017-18
•  Graduate Engineer Intern, Austin Energy, Summer 2016

MAX BROZYNSKI (2020)

Degrees:
PhD, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, UT Austin
MS, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, UT Austin
BSc, Mathematics with Economics, London School of Economics

Job Placement: Senior Consultant, Echelon Analytics

Research Areas: energy system modeling, technological change, innovation, game theory
Publications:
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A multi-level optimization model of infrastructure-dependent technology adoption: Overcoming the chicken-and-egg problem (European Journal of Operational Research)
•  Markov models of policy support for technology transitions (European Journal of Operational Research)
•  Optimal decarbonization pathways for urban residential building energy services (Applied Energy)
•  Decarbonizing power and transportation at the urban scale: An analysis of the Austin, Texas Community Climate Plan (Sustainable Cities and Society)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
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Co-Vice President (Research), Longhorn Energy Club, 2019-20
•  President, UT Austin student chapter of INFORMS, 2017-18

URAIRISA (BIRDY) PHATHANAPIROM (2018)

Degrees:
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin
MS, Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin
BS, Physics, UT Austin

Job Placement: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Research Areas: nuclear energy, nuclear fuel cycle, decision analysis, game theory
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Derek Haas
Publications:
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A game-theoretic approach to nuclear fuel cycle transition analysis under uncertainty (Annals of Nuclear Energy)
•  Nuclear Fuel Cycle Transition Analysis under Uncertainty (Nuclear Science and Engineering)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Graduate Fellow, Nuclear Energy University Program, DOE
•  Intern, International Atomic Energy Agency, 2017
•  Best Graduate Student Paper, American Nuclear Society Student Conference, 2015
•  Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award (Energy Policy category), DOE, 2013 and 2015
•  Student Intern, Idaho National Laboratory, Summer 2013

MS Graduates

EIJI KAWAI (2021)

Degrees:
MS, Energy and Earth Resources, UT Austin
BS, Applied Chemistry, Chuo University

Job Placement: Chief Engineer, Chiyoda Corporation

Research Areas: energy system modeling, carbon capture and utilization, industrial decarbonization, oil and gas
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  13 years of work experience at the Chiyoda Corporation
•  Certified Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the U.S. and Japan

CADE BOURQUE (2020)

Degrees:
MS, Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin
BS, Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin

Job Placement: Post Masters Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Research Areas: nuclear engineering, manufacturing systems, discrete-event simulation
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Kevin Clarno
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Graduate Research Intern, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Summers 2019 and 2020
•  UT Austin Delegate, Texas Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation

BRITTANY SPEETLES (2020)

Degrees:
MS, Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin
BS, Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin

Job Placement: Energy Analyst, ICF

Research Areas: energy system modeling, electricity, capacity expansion modeling
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Michael Webber
Publications:
• 
Deliver Me from food waste: Model framework for comparing the energy use of meal-kit delivery and groceries (Journal of Cleaner Production)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Certification, Graduate Portfolio Program in Energy Studies, UT Austin

CHRIS LANHAM (2018)

Degrees:
MS, Energy and Earth Resources, UT Austin
BS, Environmental Engineering, Yale

Job Placement: Project Engineer, Bluewing Midstream

Research Areas: energy system modeling, residential energy demand
Publications:
•  Optimal decarbonization pathways for urban residential building energy services (Applied Energy)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Director’s Award for Best Energy and Earth Resources Theses, 2018

PETER TUTTON (2018)

Degrees:
MS, Energy and Earth Resources, UT Austin
MEng, Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol

 

Job Placement: Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, UT Austin

Research Areas: carbon capture and storage, network optimization, optimization under uncertainty, geographic information systems
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Susan Hovorka
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
•  Director’s Award for Best Energy and Earth Resources Theses, 2018

KUNAL PUNJABI (2017)

Degrees:
MS, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, UT Austin
BTech, Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Job Placement: Software Engineer, Amazon

Research Areas: solar PV market, pricing, econometrics, data science
Publications:
•  Rules of the rooftop: Platform design and price reductions in an online solar photovoltaic marketplace in the United States (Energy Research & Social Science)