Faculty

Dalia Patino-Echeverri

Dalia PatinoDr. Patino-Echeverri’s research focuses on public policy design for energy systems, with a particular emphasis on managing the risks arising from the uncertainties influencing the outcomes of government actions. Much of her current work focuses on the policies that affect capital investment decisions within the electricity industry, and the corresponding costs to society of electricity and air-emissions levels. Her models explore the effects of different government policies by representing the industry’s decisions under uncertainty on future technological advancements, fuel prices, and emissions regulations.

Contact: dalia.patino@duke.edu

Researchers

Ali Daraeepour

ali_daraeepouAli Daraeepour is currently a Research Scientist working on the GRACE project. Prioir to joing Duke he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Ardlinger Center for Energy Associate at Princeton University.  Ali was born in Khoramabad, Iran. During his time at Duke as a PhD student, Ali addressed understanding grid-integration of variable renewable resources and related design of electricity markets. Prior to his PhD studies, he worked for several years as an engineer and consultant.

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alidaraeepour/

Students

Mauricio Hernandez 

Mauricio Hernandez

Mauricio Hernandez is currently pursuing his PhD in Environment. Mauricio was born in Mexico City, Mexico.  He is currently doing research on the dynamics of energy demand in Latin America. Specifically, he is working on bottom-up energy models to estimate the electricity demand in Mexico.

 

Édgar Virguez
Edgar VEdgar Virguez is pursuing his PhD in Environmental Sciences and Policy.  He was born in Bogota, Colombia. Edgar is developing analytical open-source tools that support the transition to a decarbonized electric power sector. He is also interested in understanding the policies that facilitate the integration of variable energy resources.

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edgarvirguez/

 

Xiaodong Zhang

Xiaodong ZXiaodong Zhang is currently working as a visiting scholar in Dalia’s Group. Xiaodong was born in Guangdong, China. She is working on evaluating the effects of electricity policy in China. Specifically, she uses the Unit Commitment – Economic Dispatch (UC-ED) Model to analyze the economic and environmental impacts of subsidy policy and renewable portfolio standards for renewable energy.

Contact: xz284@duke.edu

Alumni

Bandar Alqahtani

Bandar ABandar Alqahtani is currently working as an engineering team lead at Saudi Aramco. Bandar was born and raised in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. During his time at Duke as a PhD student, Bandar carried out four studies that individually aim to increase understanding of various engineering and economic aspects of solar and wind energy and the challenge of integrating them in the electricity power system.

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bandar-alqahtani-3a173a21/

 

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay

Rubenka B

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay is currently working as an energy analyst at Advanced Energy Corporation. Rubenka was born and raised in Howrah, India. During her time at Duke as a PhD student, Rubenka explored the possibility of the use of flexible Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) operation to mute wind power variability in the electric power grid in the mid-western US (MISO) by analyzing grid reliability and system cost.

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rubenka-bandyopadhyay/

 

Mingquan Li

Mingquan Li Mingquan Li currently works as an assistant professor at the School of Economics and Management, Beihang University, China. During his time at Duke, Li worked as a postdoctoral researcher focused on investigating environmental economics and management as it relates to: 1) the environment and sustainable development, 2) environmental efficiency, 3) environmental regulation, and 4) electricity policy, environmental pollution and economic development in China.

Contact: mingquan.li@duke.edu, mingquanli@buaa.edu.cn

 

Rui Shan

Rui Shan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Rui was born in China. During his time at Duke as a master of environmental management student, he helped to build the bottom-up electricity demand projection model for Mexico and China. Specifically, he built the appliance adoption model, facilitated the population projection and the field interview in China and Mexico.

Contact: shanr@ornl.gov, shanrui427@gmail.com

 

Xianxun Wang

Xianxun W Xianxun Wang is currently working as an associate professor at the College of Resources and Environment, Yangtze University. He was born in Puyang, China. During his time at Duke as a visiting post-doc, his research was focused on the integration of renewable energy resources considering the time-changing constraints and the spatial diversity of hydropower. Prior to his Ph.D. studies, he worked as an engineer of hydropower and water resources.

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/xianxunwang/, xianxunwang@gmail.com

 

Mian Yang

Mian Y Mian Yang is currently working as a full professor at the School of Economics and Management, Wuhan University, China. During his time at Duke as a visiting Ph.D. student, Mian focused on investigating the coordination of various renewable energy policies and energy efficiency policies in China.

Contact: yangmian909@163.com