Miguel A. Ortega-Vazquez

Miguel_mMiguel A. Ortega-Vazquez (S’97–M’06–SM’14) received the B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Electrical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia, Mexico, in 1999, the M.Sc. degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Nuevo León, Mexico, in 2001, and the Ph.D. degree from The University of Manchester (formerly UMIST), Manchester, U.K., in 2006, all with emphasis in power systems.

He was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, until 2010, and Assistant Professor at the Department of Energy and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, until 2011. In 2012 he joined the University of Washington, Seattle WA, USA, as a Research Assistant Professor, and in 2013 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor. His current research interests include power system security, power system economics, integration of renewable energy sources and the smart grid.

Dr. Ortega-Vazquez is an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Picture RemyRemy Rigo-Mariani

Remy Rigo-Mariani received his M.S in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France in 2009 and 2014. He is currently a postdoc working with Dr. Miguel Ortega-Vasquez in the framework of the transactive campus energy project. His research interests refer to power systems modeling/experiments, battery storage management, energy scheduling as well as design for smart microgrids using different types of optimization methods.

PhD Students

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Ahmad Milyani received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2011 and 2013 respectively. He joined the MOVES lab in 2014 and is currently working towards his Ph.D, under the supervision of Dr. Miguel Ortega-Vazquez. His research interests include electricity markets, demand flexibility, and bi-level programming.



JesusJesus E. Contreras-Ocaña

Jesus Elmer Contreras-Ocaña joined the MOVES Lab as a PhD student in the Fall of 2013. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently working with Dr. Miguel Ortega-Vazquez and his research interests include: demand response, building modeling, energy storage, game theory, and power system economics. Jesus enjoys running, concerts, traveling, and trying new foods.

dolsenDaniel J. Olsen

Daniel Olsen graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Electric Power Engineering. From 2011 to 2014, he was a Research Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is currently pursing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests are in the fields of distributed resources, multi-carrier energy systems coordination, and power system emissions.


MSc Students

kevin_morrissey06 (2)Kevin Morrissey

Kevin is from Rochester, NY and graduated from Tufts University with a BS in electrical engineering. He spent three years working in energy sector consulting at Navigant Consulting, Inc. before transitioning into the the MOVES lab at the University of Washington. His research focuses on building-grid integration and distributed resource management using DOE’s VOLTTRON software platform.


Nam Songsong

Nam joined the MOVES lab in Fall 2016 as a Master’s student. He graduated from University of Toronto with a BASc in Engineering Science specializing in Energy Systems Engineering in 2016. His undergraduate thesis focused on optimizing economic dispatch for variable renewable energy sources. He also interned at Hydro One Networks as a Protection, Control, and Metering Engineer. His current research interests are in forecasting, electricity markets, and energy storage integration. During his spare time, he frequently attends local concerts, plays the bass guitar, and goes crate digging at various record stores in the Seattle metropolitan area.


Leonardo H. Macedo leo

Leonardo H. Macedo joined the MOVES Lab in November of 2016. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Ilha Solteira, Brazil, in 2013 and 2015, respectively. He is now pursuing the Ph.D. degree with UNESP. Leonardo is currently a visiting student at UWEE working with Dr. Miguel Ortega-Vazquez. His research interests are in the fields of: transmission and distribution systems planning, operation, and control; mathematical modeling of power systems; optimization of transmission and distribution systems; theory and application of metaheuristics.



Past visitors and alumni

Tu A. Nguyen (2016)Tu

Tu A. Nguyen received his B.S degree in Power Systems from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam in 2007. He worked as a Power Transformer Test Engineer in ABB High Voltage Test Department in Vietnam from 2008 to 2009. He received his PhD. degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri, USA in December 2014. Tu served as a postdoctoral scholar in the MOVES Lab from 2015 to 2016 before accepting a position at Sandia National Labs. His research interests include power system modeling/analysis, optimization in design and energy management for microgrids, and grid integration of distributed systems.

Mushfiqur R. Sarker (2016)

sarkerMushfiqur R. Sarker joined the MOVES Lab as  PhD student in Fall 2012. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. He was awarded the Clean Energy Institute’s Graduate Fellowship (2013-2015) and also the Clean Energy Institute’s Exploration Grant (2015-2016). He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at Argonne National LaboratoryHis research interests are in the fields of power system economics, demand-side management, and integration of electric vehicles and renewable sources.

Mushfiqur’s dissertation is entitled “Electric Vehicles as Grid Resources” and it is available here.

Ricardo Fernandez-Blanco(2016) ricardo

Ricardo Fernandez-Blanco received the Ingeniero Industrialand Ph.D. degrees from the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain. Ricardo was a visitor at the University of Washington with Prof. Miguel Ortega-Vazquez. His research interests are in the fields of power systems economics, bilevel programming, and electricity markets.

Victoria Guerrero Mestre (2016) victoria

Victoria Guerrero Mestre received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering and M.Sc. degree in industrial engineering from the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain, in 2013 and 2015, respectively, where she is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree. Vicky was a visiting scholar at the MOVES Lab during 2016. Her research interests are in the fields of stochastic programming, operation and economics of electric power systems, and electricity markets.

Marcel Chuma Cerbantes (2016) marcel

Marcel Chuma Cerbantes received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Ilha Solteira, Brazil, in 2010. He received his MSc with UNESP in 2012. He is currently pursuing the PhD degree with UNESP. Marcel worked as a visiting scholar at the MOVES Lab for a year in 2015 and 2016. His research interests are in the fields of planning and operation of distribution networks, power systems economics, renewable resources, metaheuristics, and smart grids.

jamesJames Miller (2016)

James Miller joined the MOVES Lab in Fall 2014 as a Masters student. He is originally from Absarokee Montana, and received his Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO in 2009. His research interests are related to power systems involving electric vehicles and renewable energy integration. In his spare time, James enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, scuba diving and flying.

Agustina Gonzalez (2016) gonzalez

Agustina “Agus” Gonzalez joined the MOVES Lab in Fall 2013 as a Masters student and graduated in 2015. She is from Rosario, Argentina, and received her Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering with concentration on Power Systems from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Rosario, Argentina, in 2012. Her research interests are related to power systems, electrical market operations, dispatch and control. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, getting to know new places and meeting people.


Iker Diaz de Cerio Mendaza (2014) iker

Iker Diaz de Cerio Mendaza completed his PhD studies at the Energy Technology Department at Aalborg University. He received his MSc with University of Zaragoza in 2010 under the European program EUREC. Iker was a visitor at the MOVES Lab with Dr. Miguel Ortega-Vazquez. His fields of interests include demand response, demand side management, smart grids and power distribution network analysis. He is a Student Member of IEEE.

Tsz-Kin (Marco) Au (2012)marco

Tsz-Kin (Marco) Au received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2010. In 2010, Marco started his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, focused on power system and renewable energy.

His master thesis focused on the impact of plug-in electric vehicles to the distribution networks. Marco likes soccer, hiking, camping, photography and traveling. He also likes to work on fun project with K-12 students who are interested in science and engineering.