Michael Lau is a second-year PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He uses near-least cost optimization modeling to improve decision-making and policy in energy transitions. His current research focuses on improving algorithms for exploring the feasible space of optimization models. Michael earned his MPhil in engineering for sustainable development from the University of Cambridge and his BS in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University. Wilson Ricks is a fourth-year PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He uses optimization modeling to investigate emerging low-carbon energy generation and storage technologies. His current research focuses on quantifying the value of in-reservoir energy storage for geothermal power plants and identifying pathways to economic viability for commercial fusion power. Prior to arriving at Princeton, Wilson earned his BA in physics at the University of Chicago. Neha Patankar is an assistant professor at Binghamton University in the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering. She is a macro-scale energy system modeler and an operations research analyst with a research focus on the rapidly evolving electricity sector. Her research supports policy decisions under deep techno-economic uncertainty, reveals system-wide technology and resource tradeoffs, and evaluates the pathways for economy-wide decarbonization. Neha earned a PhD and MS from North Carolina State University and was previously an associate research scholar at Princeton University. Jesse D. Jenkins is an assistant professor at Princeton University in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He is a macro-scale energy systems engineer focusing on the rapidly evolving electricity sector. He leads the Princeton ZERO Lab, which focuses on improving and applying optimization-based energy system models to evaluate low-carbon energy technologies and generate insights to guide policy and planning decisions. Jesse earned a PhD and MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was previously a postdoctoral environmental fellow at Harvard University.
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