Team

Current Postdoctoral Researchers

DR. BALASUBRAMANIAN “BALA” SAMBASIVAM
Postdoctoral Researcher, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering and UT Energy Institute

 

Previous Degrees:
PhD, Energy Transitions and Energy System Modeling, Indian Institute of Science
MSc, Global Production Engineering (major: Renewable Energy Technology), Technical University of Berlin
BTech, Mechatronics, SASTRA University
Research Areas: micro-to-macro systems modeling, energy systems, energy transitions, electricity resilience
Co-Supervisor: Dr. John Hasenbein
Publications:
•  Characterising electricity demand through load curve clustering: A case of Karnataka electricity system in India (Computers & Chemical Engineering)
•  Effectiveness of demand response in achieving supply-demand matching in a renewables dominated electricity system: A modelling approach (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews)
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
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Now part of the UT Energy Institute’s Micro-to-Macro (m2M) Systems Modeling Initiative
•  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2020-21

Current Students

Current PhD Students

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:
• 
President, UT Austin student chapter of INFORMS, 2021-22

DONGHAO LIU
PhD Student, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering

Previous Degrees:
BEng, Computer Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Research Areas: optimization, investment under uncertainty, oil and gas
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Bard
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
Intern in Intelligent City Department, Baidu, 2020-21
Summer Research Program, University of Colorado Boulder, 2019
Science and Engineering Summer School, University of Manchester, 2018

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
Publications:
•  The role of U.S.-Canada electricity trade in North American decarbonization pathways (Energy Strategy Reviews)
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

KATRINA MAYNOR
PhD Student, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering

Previous Degrees:
BS, Mechanical Engineering (minor in Business), Texas A&M


Research Areas:
decision analysis, risk analysis, offshore wind
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Eric Bickel
Honors, Awards, and Experiences:
Fellow, INFEWS NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
President, UT Austin student chapter of INFORMS, 2022-23
Public Relations Director, UT Austin Graduate Engineering Council, 2021-Present
Business Consultant, Vitae Springs Vineyard, 2019-21
Consulting Senior Analyst, Accenture, 2017-19

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

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

[9] Nan Zhang
May 2022
Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
Optimization Tools for Emerging Challenges in Power Systems
Job Placement: Research Scientist, Amazon Lab126

 


[8] Baturay Calci
May 2022
Co-Supervisor: Jonathan Bard
Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
Natural Gas Market Applications of Multi-Agent Optimization
Job Placement: Applied Scientist II, Uber

 


[7] Erick Jones
Aug. 2021
Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
Multi-System Optimization: Intermittent Production, Flexible Demand, Emerging Technologies
Job Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure track), UT Arlington

 


[6] Gopika Jayadev
May 2021
Co-Supervisor: Jonathan Bard
Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
Optimization Approaches for Energy Infrastructure Network Design
Job Placement: Machine Learning Scientist, Apple

 


[5] Qianru Zhu
May 2021
Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
Operations Research Models of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation at Diverse Scales
Job Placement: Engineer/Scientist II, Electric Power Research Institute

 


[4] Milad Naeini
May 2021
Co-Supervisor: J. Eric Bickel
Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
Uncertainty in Cost-Benefit Analysis of Climate Policy: Climate-Economy Model Evaluation and Extension
Job Placement: Data Scientist, Circle K

 

 


[3] Arkasama Bandyopadhyay
Aug. 2020
Co-Supervisor: Michael Webber
Mechanical Engineering
Techno-Economic Methods for Analyzing the Energetic and Economic Effects of Solar, Storage, and Demand Response
Job Placement: Research Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

 

 


[2] Max Brozynski
May 2020
Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
Operations Research Models of Technology Transitions and the Role of Policy Support
Job Placement: Senior Consultant, Echelon Analytics
Current Position: Senior Consultant, FTI Consulting

 


[1] Urairisa “Birdy” Phathanapirom
Dec. 2018
Co-Supervisor: Derek Haas
Mechanical Engineering
Autonomous Decision Making in Fuel Cycle Simulators using a Game Theoretic Approach
Job Placement: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Current Position: R&D Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

 


 

MS Graduates

[7] J. Sean Corcoran
May 2022
Energy and Earth Resources
Perceptions of Risk in Increasingly Capital-Intensive Electricity Grids: Measuring the Impacts of Accurate Cost of Capital Representation on Planning for Future Energy Systems
Job Placement: Associate, Marathon Capital

 

 

 

 


[6] Eiji Kawai
May 2021
Energy and Earth Resources
The Role of Carbon Capture and Utilization in Industrial Sector Decarbonization: A Case Study of Japan
Job Placement: Chief Engineer, Chiyoda Corporation

 

 


[5] Cade Bourque
Dec. 2020
Co-Supervisor: Kevin Clarno
Mechanical Engineering
Production Through Simulation: Using Simulation Technologies to Create and Evaluate Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Facility Designs
Job Placement: Post Masters Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 

 


[4] Brittany Speetles
May 2020
Co-Supervisor: Michael Webber
Mechanical Engineering
Representative Day Selection in Capacity Expansion Modeling
Job Placement: Energy Analyst, ICF

 

 


[3] Chris Lanham
May 2018
Energy and Earth Resources
Optimal Decarbonization Pathways for Urban Residential Building Energy Services
Job Placement: Project Engineer, Bluewing Midstream

 


[2] Peter Tutton
May 2018
Co-Supervisor: Susan Hovorka
Energy and Earth Resources
Carbon Capture and Storage Network Optimization Under Uncertainty
Job Placement: Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, UT Austin

 


[1] Kunal Punjabi
Dec. 2017
Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
Effects of Platform Design on Solar PV Prices in an Online Marketplace
Job Placement: Software Engineer, Amazon