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The field of Energy and environment research spans several domains including grid design and optimization; natural hazard mitigation; carbon mitigation; climate dynamics; energy efficiency; energy storage; environmental chemistry; combustion; fuels; nuclear fusion; ocean waves and ocean-atmosphere dynamics; public policy; solar energy; sustainable and resilient cities; water resources and hydrology; and wind energy. The work combines mathematical and computational modeling, experimental work, and extensive engagement with industry.

Current ISE Focus

Currently, there are three ISE faculty with demonstrable research footprint in the area of energy and environment. Dr. Celik’s research interests lie in the areas of data driven modeling and decision making for large-scale, complex and dynamic systems such as distributed electricity grids. Her research projects have focused specifically on studying ways to make cities smarter and more resilient as part of the smart-city movement, an initiative that uses electronic data collection sensors to monitor and supply information on virtually all aspects of a city, from the flow of pedestrian traffic at intersections to noise and weather conditions. Also, Dr. Lee ‘s research focuses on developing systems of energy-aware manufacturing scheduling, electrical material handling vehicle planning, and transportation planning, considering not only conventional performance measures but also environmentally responsible energy measures. Additionally, Dr. Moghaddass has contributed to the advancement of mathematical models for developing data analytics foundations for systems operating under uncertainty and dynamic environments and covers several key application areas of energy (e.g., wind industry, smart grids, distribution systems, smart & connected communities). He is also the Director of the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) and conducts energy audits of industrial enterprises as part of the contractual agreement with DOE.

Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Collaboration:

The interdisciplinary nature of the Energy and Electricity cluster makes it possible for ISE faculty to play a key role at the CoE thrust level. There is tremendous opportunity to leverage the tools of mathematical modeling, predictive analytics, optimization and simulation in advancing the CoE’s thrust area of Energy and environment through collaborations with MAE, ECE and CAE.

CoE Thrust Supported: Energy and Environment

Graduate Courses Offered: No specific course offerings at present time.

Number of Ph.D. Students and Research Personnel: 18       

Faculty Participants

Coordinator: Nurcin Celik

ISE Members: Seok Gi Lee, Murat Erkoc

Other Department & School Participants: TBA