Students

Ph.D., Ben McCamish

(co-advise with Arash Termehchy)

Ben McCamish Ben McCamish is a graduate student in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science’s Ph.D. program at Oregon State University. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from Washington State University Vancouver in 2013. His current research projects involve the analysis of databases produced by PMUs. Mr. McCamish’s research interests lie in the area of Large Database Management, Database Systems, Artificial Intelligence, and the Smart Grid.

Ph.D., Brandon Johnson

Brandon Johnson Brandon Johnson is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate at OSU in the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at OSU in 2013 and continued on his education path with a focus on energy systems. Brandon’s focus has been on renewable energy integration through reliability based methods and, more recently, a focus on distribution system disaster mitigation through advanced control schemes. Since his graduate studies began, he has participated in the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center helping to forward the industry of wave energy. In 2016, Brandon was awarded a NSF Fellowship by participating in a program that focuses on the process of transdisciplinary research in Risk and Uncertainty Quantification in Marine Science. Brandon’s research interests span a large group but mostly focus on renewable energy, smart grids, grid reliability and resiliency, grid modeling (transmission and distribution), and energy policy and economics.

Ph.D., Adam Mate

Adam Mate Adam Mate is an Electrical Engineer - specialized in Power System Engineering - and a fourth year PhD Candidate working with Dr. Cotilla-Sanchez. He graduated with an MSc degree at Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE) in Budapest, Hungary, and currently is pursuing his Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD degree at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Adam’s ongoing research focuses on power system restoration and resiliency (development of a restoration scheme for the PNW, and timeline reduction of restoration algorithms; increasing the disaster preparedness of Oregon’s power grid; impact of Geomagnetic Disturbances on power systems), and renewable energy (application of renewable resources in power system restoration: integrating wind and wave farms – analyzing their effect on the power grid’s reliability) related questions. His research expertise and interest further includes: modeling and operation of power systems, integration of renewable resources, energy and environmental legislation issues, and smart and micro grids.

Ph.D., Phylicia Cicilio

Phylicia Cicilio Phylicia Cicilio is pursuing her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering with the Energy Systems Research Group. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, and her M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oregon State University. Phylicia’s research focuses on power systems dynamic load modeling, microgrid control, and renewable energy and energy storage integration. Phylicia is also a co-founder of the Graduate Student Committee of the OSU Chapter of Society of Women Engineers and heads the mentoring program for the group. In her spare time, Phylicia enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and playing the bari sax.

Ph.D., Travis Hagan

Travis Hagan graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2015. Travis is currently entering his 3rd year of his Ph.D. program with Oregon State. His primary research interest is real-time adaptive power system protection. This includes, but is not limited to, real-time power system monitoring, adaptive protection schemes, and algorithms for determining protection settings. After graduating, Travis hopes to find a career with a National Lab or a large system operator to deploy real-time protection systems.

M.S., Michael Boller

(co-advise with Ted Brekken)

Michael Boller Michael Boller is pursuing his Ph.D./M.S. in the OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Fox University. Michael’s research focuses on clustering of buses in the power grid with a focus on adequacy of reactive reserve resources.

M.S., David Glennon

(co-advise with Ted Brekken)

David Glennon David Glennon is a 2nd year M.S. candidate in the Power and Energy Systems group at OSU’s school of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northern Arizona University in 2013, and immediately began work in the semiconductor industry, working as a IC Product Engineer for a large implantable medical device company. Through work, he developed data management, visualization and statistical analysis skills alongside applying his academic training in electronics. After 4 years in industry, he returned to pursue a higher degree in power systems and renewable energy in order to shift career focus. His ongoing research focuses on the use of unsupervised machine learning techniques to cluster elements of the power grid into voltage control areas in a way that is useful for the planning and operations of the power system. His research interests include anything that allows for the combination of big data analysis and power engineering or renewable energy applications, as well as anything applying machine learning techniques.

M.S., Kyle Gulan

(co-advise with Yue Cao)

Undergraduate Researcher, Marissa Kwon

Marissa Kwon Marissa Kwon is a rising junior at Oregon State University expecting to graduate in 2020 with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. Her interests lie in engineering applications to conservation, and hopes to increase the breadth of her undergrad experience by working with Power Systems. On her free time, Marissa enjoys cooking and outdoor activities. She spent this past summer hiking the ridges of West Oahu (HI) and improving the remote real-time agricultural sensors for the USGS to support native plant restoration in her home state.

Graduated Students

  • Chen Huo, Ph.D.
  • Jiajia Song, Ph.D.
  • Keaton Dieter, M.S.
  • Carter Lassetter, M.S.
  • Rich Meier, M.S.
  • Salman Safdar, M.S.
  • Conor Hennessy, Honors B.S.
  • Daniel Duncan, Honors B.S.