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ECE Postdoc Subhonmesh Bose named to inaugural class of Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellows in Sustainability

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We can’t control when the wind blows or when the sun shines, which makes renewable resources like wind and solar a challenge to integrate into the power grid. When the supply side is highly variable, how do we reliably procure and pay for power? As one of four inaugural postdoctoral fellows with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Subhonmesh Bose’s research will develop a mathematical framework and simulation platform to answer this fundamental question.

Working with Croll Faculty Fellow and ECE Assistant Professor Eilyan Bitar as well as team members at ISO New England, Bose will create software to balance demand and supply in the grid throughout the transition to renewable power and design fair payments for electricity market participants. The project will help ISO New England integrate renewable energy and serve as a model for system operations with renewable supply for the power industry at large.

The Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustaibablity address pressing world needs in ACSF’s six core research focus areas. Along with Bose, an electrical engineer, the inaugural class of fellows includes a food systems ecologist, a geographer, and a hydropower engineer. They will begin their two-year appointments in 2015.

Advised by ACSF faculty advisors, the fellows will link their research with non-academic partners to advance on-the-ground application of the sustainable solutions they develop. External partner organizations include ISO New England, a non profit energy transmission company; the World Resources Institute; and the National Heritage Institute.

The Atkinson postdoctoral program selects two to four new fellows each year. The next call for proposals will be in the spring of 2015.

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