2019 Graduate Fellows

Chintan Pathak

Our lab – Sustainable Transportation Lab, works at the intersection of technology, policy, and human behavior. As part of CEI Grad fellowship, I plan to investigate the following subjects:

  1. Finding the optimal locations of charging stations, for a city and state. Details: Electric vehicle drivers suffer from range anxiety, i.e. will they be stranded if the car is discharged. So a good network of charging stations is needed to alleviate range anxiety. Since, charging stations are costly investments, optimally locating them for maximum utilization is important.
  2. Multi-scale optimization involving grid, vehicles, and battery. Details:  We plan to develop a control strategy for electric vehicles such that they can be relocated to facilitate balancing of load on the grid using the electric vehicle as a mobile distributed energy resource, allowing flow of power from and to the grid as needed, while making sure that the electric vehicle battery is operated to provide maximum life by use of physics-based model for battery control.

Advisor Don MacKenzie – Civil and Environmental Engineering

“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy