Alumni (in reverse chronologic order)


Xiaoxue Hou - M.S.

Ph.D. Student
Initiate for Sustianable Energy Policy (ISEP)
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)


Xiaoxue worked in Dr. Ben Hobbs’s group on air emission downscaling during her master's studies. She joined ISEP and started her PhD study in Energy, Resource and Environment, SAIS in 2018 summer. Xiaoxue has an interdisciplinary background in GIS, finance, applied math, and environmental system engineering.   

Education
M.S. Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2018
B.S. Geographical Science, minor in Finance, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, 2016

Research Areas
Sustainable energy
Energy access
Emerging economics
Power and energy systems


Email: xxhou8@gmail.com



Shenshen Li - M.S.E.

Associate
Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.


Before joining E3, Shenshen worked with Dr. Hobbs and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) on the project of planning, operating, and analyzing power systems with energy storage technologies involved by using optimization, modeling, economics, statistical and decision analysis methods.

Education
M.S.E. Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2018
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, minor in Environmental Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016

Research Areas
Energy storage optimization
Power systems modeling
Renewable energy policy 

Email: lishenshen1992@gmail.com


Robin Broder Hytowitz - Ph.D.

Engineer
Electric Power Research Institute 


Robin's past research includes solar integration into microgrids and electric vehicle infrastructure. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study wind integration at the Technical University of Denmark.


Education

Ph.D. Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2018
M.S. Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, 2013
B.A. Women's Studies, Albert A. List College, 2010
B.A. Urban Studies and Environmental Science, Barnard College, Columbia University, 2009

Research Areas
Power and energy systems
Mathematical programming models for operations
Renwable energy integration
Electricity markets

Email: robin.hytowitz@gmail.com
Linkedin: Robin Hytowitz

 
Huai Jiang - M.S.E.


Associate
Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.


Huai Jiang joined E3’s Planning group in 2017 and quickly applied his skills to enhance E3’s Renewable Energy Capacity (RECAP) model. For California’s largest public utility (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power), Huai devised a method using neural network regression to simulate historical hourly load, yielding better estimates of grid reliability in high renewable energy scenarios.

Education
M.S. Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Johns Hopkins University, 2017
M.S.E. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2017
B.S. Chemistry, Peking University, Beijing, China, 2015

Research Areas
Power system modeling
Robust decision-making analysis
Energy pricing and fertilizer costs

Email: huai@ethree.com
LinkedIn: Huai(Jerry) Jiang

Saamrat Kasina - Ph.D.

Consultant
Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.


Education

Ph.D. Environmenal Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2017
M.S.E. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2012
B. Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati


Research Areas
Transmission planning
Unit Commitment Approximations
Non-cooperative game theory and applications to energy


Email: k.saamrat@gmail.com
Linkedin: Saamrat Kasina
Website: https://www.ethree.com/people/saamrat-kasina/

Israel Melendez - Ph.D.

Director - Transmission Analytics
Constellation - An Exelon Company

Thirty-four years of experience in power industry including experience in power operation and production, power marketing and trading, transmission analysis, power market design and operation.

Education
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2017
M.S.E. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
M.S.F. Loyola University of Maryland, 2009
M.B.A. Loyola University of Maryland, 2003
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
Diploma Marine Engineering Calhoon MEBA Engineering School, 1983

Research Areas
Power Market Policy and Design
Energy Modeling and Price Forecasting
Electricity Derivative Instruments
Transmission Modeling and Planning


Craig Bakker - Ph.D.


Operations Research Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Craig's undergraduate degree focused on computer aided engineering and applied mathematics.  He then moved from Canada to England, and during his doctoral research there, he developed a differential geometry framework for Multidisciplinary Design Optimization.  Outside of work, Craig enjoys reading theology, philosophy, and history as well as swing dancing.

Education
Ph.D. Engineering, University of Cambridge, 2015
B.Eng, Mechanical Engineering, minor in Mathematics, University of Victoria, 2011

Research Areas
Optimization
Systems engineering
Food-energy-water nexus
Climate change
Differential Geometry

Email: craig.bakker@pnnl.gov


Venkat Prava - Ph.D.

Senior Data Scientist
Precima

Education

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2016
M.S.E. Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
B.Tech, Pulp and Paper Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, 2007


Research Areas
Decision analysis
Expert elicitation


Resume
Email: venkat.prava@gmail.com


Se Jong Cho - Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
The St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Se Jong is a watershed scientist and management decision analysis specialist, and working as a postdoc research associate. Her current work involves integrating different watershed management, sediment flux, and nutrient transport models at a large watershed scale with multiple collaborators. In addition to her work in science, she paints pictures of aquatic environments and more.

Education
B.S. Civil Engineering, Northwestern University
M.S. Environmental Science, Johns Hopkins University
M.S.E. Environmental Management and Economics, Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering and Management, Johns Hopkins University

Research Areas
Watershed modeling
Sediment transport
Environmental management analysis
Policy and decision analysis

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Hubert (Huaqing) Guo - M.S.E.

Senior Quantitative Analyst
Constellation - An Exelon Company

Hubert currently works at Constellation Energy. He loves the idea of reducing the complicated world to mathematical models to gain insights and to solve practical problems.

Education

M.S.E. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2016
B.S. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 2013

Research Areas
System Dynamics
Simulation Modelling
Systems thinking
Municipal Solid Waste Management 



Li Zhao - M.S.E.

Business Analytics Manager
Citi

Education

M.S.E. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2015
M.A. Economics, University of Delaware, 2013
B.A. Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 2010

Research Areas
Environmental policy and energy markets
Energy economics
Systems dynamics analysis

LinkedIn: Li Zhao

Jonathan Ho - M.S.E.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jonathan Ho is now working in Electricity Forecasting and Modeling Group at NREL in Golden, Colorado. His work is to develop and preform analysis with the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS), a long term electric sector capacity expansion model, on issues critical to the electric sector, including potential energy and environmental  policy as well as the deployment of renewable energy. During spare time he can be found tinkering with computers and exploring Colorado by bike and on foot.

Education
M.S.E. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
B.S. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2012


Research Areas
Large-scale Generation-Transmission Cooptimization
Renewable Energy Integration
Electricity Market
Energy Economics


Email: Jonathan.Ho@nrel.gov

Lin Deng - M.S.E

Senior Associate
IHS Markit

Lin Deng's work is to perform advanced quantitative and economic analysis of energy and environmental markets, like assess future of electric power and fuels prices, fuel consumption, environmental emissions and compliance, transmission, and regulatory effects, among other parameters.

Education
M.S.E. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2012
M.E. Environmental Management, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 2011
B.S. Environmental Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, 2008

Research Areas
Electricity Market
Energy Models
Energy modeling and policy 
Power Market Policy
Risk& Decision Analysis
Environmental management and economics

Email: ldengtulie@gmail.com

Melissa Kenney - Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor in Environmental Decision Analysis
University of Maryland, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center

Dr. Kenney’s research in environmental decision analysis broadly addresses how to integrate both scientific knowledge and societal values into policy decision-making under uncertainty. This multidisciplinary research addresses a range of topics including global change indicators, nutrient criteria setting, non-market benefits of nutrient reductions, cost-benefit analysis of urban stream restoration, scale of economies and diseconomies in coastal restoration, adaptive environmental decision making for complex systems, model-based bias correction factors for expert elicitation surveys, and value of information of indicators. 

Education

Ph.D. Water Quality Modeling and Decision Analysis, Duke University, 2007
B.A. Distinction in Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2002 

Research Areas
Ecosystem Restoration
Decision Analysis


Please visit Dr. Kenney's webite: http://melissakenney.org/
Email: kenney@umd.edu

Adam Christensen - Ph.D.

Adam Christensen is a National Science Foundation Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellow and works with E²SHI as a postdoctoral researcher. His research focuses on evaluating biofuel tax credits against key sustainability criteria and exploring opportunities that could make these credits more sustainable in the future. Much of this work will revolve around modeling the business needs of biofuels producers and exploring the environmental performance of advanced biofuels. His research will also contribute to developing a solid understanding of how the Renewable Fuel Standard (administered by the EPA) affects the business case to produce and deploy biofuels in the United States. Learn more about his research

Adam graduated with his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Following graduation, he worked on Capitol Hill as an American Society of Mechanical Engineering Congressional Fellow where he spent a year in the House of Representatives with Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and second year in the Senate with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). In both offices, he focused heavily on biofuels tax issues. Prior to joining John Hopkins University, Adam was the Staff Engineer for the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, an energy efficiency advocacy group.

Email: adam.christensen@gmail.com

Pearl Donohoo-Vallet - Ph.D.

The Brattle Group

Pearl is a power-system enthusiast and postdoctoral researcher. In addition to modeling the transmission grid, she actively follows wind and solar integration research. She publishes under the less lengthy nom de plume of Pearl Donohoo. When not coding, she can be found searching for the perfect latte or conquering the Maryland countryside on her road bike.

Education
Ph.D. Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
S.M. Technology and Policy Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Franklin W Olin College of Engineering, 2007

Research Areas
Transmission Planning
Generation Planning
Renewable Energy Integration
Wind Power

Email: pearl@rootdv.com

S. Jalal Kazempour - Ph.D.

Education
Ph.D., University of Castilla - La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain, 2013
M.Sc., Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, 2009
B.Sc., University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran, 2006

Research Areas
Power Systems
Electricity Markets
Optimization and its Applications

Email:jseykaz@elektro.dtu.dk
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/jalalkazempour/

 

Francisco D. Munoz - Ph.D.

Assitant Professor
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile


Francisco D. Munoz is
an engineer with broad experience in electricity markets, operations research, and energy economics. His main interests are the development of decision-support tools to improve long- and short-term planning protocols for electric utilities, the use of engineering-economic models to study the effect of market-based regulations in electricity markets, and the design of market mechanisms. He is currently an academic, but spending a good part of his time working with a software company in Chile and national labs in the US making sure that his research reaches industry and governments, either as commercial or open-source products.

Education

Ph.D. Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
M.S.E Environmental Management and Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 2010
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Universidad de Chile, 2007


Research Areas
Transmission Planning
Market Design and Market Mechanisms
Electricity Market Modeling
Decision Analysis and Risk Management
Large-scale Optimization

Ph.D. Thesis: "Engineering-Economic Methods for Power Transmission Planning under Uncertainty and Renewable Resource Policies"

Email: fdmunoz@uai.cl

Chiara Lo Prete - Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Energy Economics
Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Lo Prete studies the design and operations of electricity markets using quantitative methods at the intersection of economics, operations research and statistics. Her current research focuses on strategic behavior and price formation in wholesale electricity markets, impacts of state energy and environmental policies on regional electricity markets, and market design to accommodate penetration of renewable and distributed energy generation. Her interdisciplinary work involves collaborations with scientists in Energy and Mineral Engineering, Economics, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics at Penn State and other academic institutions. Before joining Penn State, Dr. Lo Prete was a Ziff Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Education

PhD. Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2012
M.S. Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2009
M.A. Energy Economics, Scuola Enrico Mattei, 2004
B.A. Economics, Luiss University, 2003


Research Areas
Electricity market design

Energy economics
Market microstructure

Applied econometrics
Mathematical programming models of energy markets


Website: https://www.eme.psu.edu/faculty/lo-prete
Email: chiaraloprete@psu.edu 
Curriculum vitae

Robert Kennedy Smith - Ph.D.

Dr. Smith is with the US Energy Information Agency of the US Department of Energy

Education

Ph.D. Environmental Management and Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 2012
B.S. Mathematics and Economics (With Honors), Georgetown University, 2004


Research Areas
Energy Policy
Biofuels Markets

Ph.D. Thesis: "Biomass Electricity Plant Allocation Through Non-Linear Modeling and Mixed Integer Optimization"

Jeremy Hargreaves - Ph.D.

Principal
Evolved Energy Research

Education
Ph.D. Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2010
M.S. Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2007
MEng, Chemical Engineering, Imperial College, London,UK, 2005

Research Areas
Natural resources management
Decision and policy analysis

Ph.D. Thesis: "Novel optimization modeling applications for environmental and economic decision support in land and energy management"


Email: jeremy.hargreaves@evolved.energy

Pearl Zheng - Ph.D.

Dr. Zheng is with Abt Associates Inc. undertaking research and projects on cost-benefit and risk-based decision analysis to the field of natural resources management.

Education
Ph.D. Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2009
M.A. Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
M.Eng. Civil and Environmental Engineering, McMaster University, 1998
B.Eng. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tianjin University, 1995
B.A., English, Tianjin University, 1995


Research Areas
Natural resources management
Decision and policy analysis

Ph.D. Thesis:
"Decision Analysis and Risk Analysis of Multiple Dam Removals: Optimizing Tradeoffs among Dam Failure Risk, Removal Cost, and Ecosystem Benefit"

Sarah Keenan Jacobi - Ph.D.

Dr. Jacobi held a David H. Smith Conservation Fellowship with the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, and is now a researcher at the Chicago Botanic Garden undertaking research on habitat management for the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Education
Ph.D. Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2009
M.S. Geography and Environmental Engineering, JHU, 2004 M.S. Applied Mathematics and Statistics, JHU, 2006.
B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999


Research Areas
Ecosystem management
Optimization for habitat design

Ph.D. Thesis:"Environmental Systems and Decision Analysis Models for Aiding Environmental Policy Decisions under Deterministic and Stochastic Settings"

Ming-Che Hu - Ph.D.

Assoiate Professor
Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University

Education
Ph.D. Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
M.S. Department of Agricultural Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 2000
B.S. Department of Agricultural Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 1996

Research Areas
Ecological Engineering, Energy Market, Biomass Feedstock Production System, Environmental Policy and Economic Analysis, Uncertainty Analysis

Ph.D. Thesis:"Essays in Energy Policy and Planning Modeling under uncertainty: value of information, optimistic biases, and simulation of capacity markets"

Website: http://www.ae.ntu.edu.tw/people/bio.php?PID=44
Email: mchu@ntu.edu.tw


Yihsu Chen - Ph.D.


Associate professor

Department of Technology and Infomation Management, University of California Santa Cruz

Professor Chen's main research focuses on studying the impact of public policies on energy, water resources and transportation sectors. His research takes interdisciplinary approaches: quantitative models built upon economic principles and solved with operations research techniques.

Education
Ph.D. Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
M.S. Environmental Health and Health Policy and Management, Harvard University, 1999
B.S. Environmental Science, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan

Research Areas
Economics and policy in energy, water resources, and transportation sectors

Ph.D. Thesis: "Analyzing Interaction of Electricity Markets and Environmental Policies using Equilibrium Models"

Website: https://www.soe.ucsc.edu/people/yihsuchen
Email: yihsuchen@ucsc.edu


Jongbun Kim - Ph.D.

President of CERPD

CERPD Inc. is dedicated to the international effort to reduce greenhouse gases and to utilize renewable energy sources. CERPD advise the energy and industrial sectors, the banking and financial sectors, and government on the growing thicket of mandatory and voluntary programs now being put into effect, and on the emissions trading programs that are fundamental to many carbon reduction strategies.

Education
Ph.D. Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2003

Research Areas
Natural resources management
Decision and policy analysis

Ph.D. Thesis: "Multicriteria Bayesian Analysis of Lower Trophic Level Uncertainties and Value of Research in Lake Erie"

Website: http://www.cerpd.com/
Email: jhujb@yahoo.com

Richard Anderson - Ph.D.

Data Scientist
Target MarkeTeam


Richard Anderson is a data scientist with 15 years of experience in data and decision science, using quantitative and qualitative models and working with teams of scientists, engineers, managers, consultants, and students to reach effective solutions to management problems in natural and engineered systems and in nonprofit IT.

Education
Ph.D. Geography and Environmental Engineering, John Hopkins University, 2002
M.S.E. Mechanical Engineering, John Hopkins University, 1996
B.S.E. Engineering Mechanics, John Hopkins University, 1991

Research Areas
Dr. Anderson's special areas of application include biases in preference assessment and Bayesian network models in natural resource management.

Email: andersrmr@gmail.com

Udi Helman - Ph.D.

Principal
Helman Analytics


Udi Helman, PhD is a consultant on renewable energy and storage technologies. He co-chairs the Analysis Working Group of EPRI Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), as well as the IEEE PES Task Force on Energy Storage Modeling Tools. He was previously a Managing Director of Economic and Pricing Analysis at BrightSource Energy (2011-2013), where he focused on valuation of concentrating solar power with integrated thermal energy storage. Before that, he was a Principal focused on market design and policy analysis at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) (2007-2010).  He also worked for almost 10 years on wholesale market design at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C (1997-2007).  

Education
Ph.D. Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2003

Research Areas
Decision and policy analysis
Renewable energy and energy storage integration

Email: udi@helmananalytics.com