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08-20-2014

Clarkson University Graduate Student Wins Award for Paper on Wind Power

A Clarkson University electrical engineering master's student working with Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Lei Wu has won an award for her paper on the quantification of stochastic wind power ramp.

Aditi Upadhyay '14, left, receives a plaque for her IEEE PES Student Prize Paper Award in Honor of T. Burke Hayes with IEEE PES 2014 President Miroslav M. Begovic and her faculty advisor, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Lei Wu.Aditi Upadhyay '14 of Birgunj, Nepal, recently received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Student Prize Paper Award in Honor of T. Burke Hayes. Her paper, "MILP-Based Chance-Constrained Approach to Quantify Stochastic Wind Power Ramps," focuses on measuring wind power ramp events, or intervals of change in wind power.

"We know that wind is highly variable and unpredictable, so we need an exact approach to quantify wind power ramp," she said. "If we know what will be the maximum and minimum wind power outputs for a given time interval, we could use this value to determine spinning reserve and ensure operational security of power systems."
 
When there is a large amount of wind energy in the system, system operators can't tell how much wind energy is available for the next couple of hours, Wu said. Upadhyay's paper explores the maximum amount of ramp in wind power, which can be used to prepare better schedules and enhance the available wind energy utilization.

"With this information, we can operate the power system more securely," Wu said.

Upadhyay is one of the 28 IEEE PES society-level award recipients, and her award includes $1,500 for the student, as well as a plaque for the student and advisor. Wu said these awards encourage students to become more involved in research and learn how to use research results for solving practical problems.

"I'm very glad a good student developing good work is being recognized by this organization," he said.

Upadhyay is joining the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) this summer as an associate planning engineer in the Interconnection Studies Department.

"It feels so good to get this award," Upadhyay said. "I am very much grateful to my advisor, Dr. Lei Wu, for his continuous motivation and guidance, to my department for its research facilities, and to all my power department professors and lab mates. I feel lucky to be a part of Clarkson University."

The IEEE PES Student Prize Paper Award in Honor of T. Burke Hayes was established to encourage students in their professional development, prepare quality technical papers with faculty supervision and recognize the schools and faculties that provide guidance in these areas. The award was named in recognition of T. Burke Hayes and his professional contributions as a founder of CH2M Hill. It has been presented since 1990 as the IEEE PES Student Prize Paper Award in Honor of T. Burke Hayes with CH2M Hill Foundation as the sponsor.

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Photo caption: Aditi Upadhyay '14, left, receives a plaque for her IEEE PES Student Prize Paper Award in Honor of T. Burke Hayes with IEEE PES 2014 President Miroslav M. Begovic and her faculty advisor, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Lei Wu.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/aupadhyay.jpg .]

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