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Stavros Karagiannopoulos

Postdocs, Visiting Scholars & ResearchersResearchers

Stavros is a PhD student in the power systems laboratory of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He received his diploma in electrical engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and his Master’s degree from ETH Zurich. Before starting his PhD, he worked at ABB Corporate Research Center in Switzerland. His main research focuses on planning and operation of active distribution grids.

Publications:

Operational Planning of Active Distribution Grids under Uncertainty (2017)

Hybrid Approach for Planning and Operating Active Distribution Grids (2017)

Co-optimisation of Planning and Operation for Active Distribution Grids (2017)

Battery Energy Storage Capacity Fading and Control Strategies for Deterministic and Stochastic Power Profiles (2016) 

Optimal Planning of Distribution Grids Considering Active Power Curtailment and Reactive Power Control (2016)

Scheduling and Real-time Control of Flexible Loads and Storage in Electricity Markets under Uncertainty (2014)

On Geographical Allocation of Primary Frequency Control Reserves in Large Interconnected Power Systems (2014)

Links:

LinkedIn

Contact:

karagiannopoulos@eeh.ee.ethz.ch

 

Alasdair Cohen

Postdocs, Visiting Scholars & ResearchersPostdoctoral Scholars

Alasdair Cohen is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Environmental Health Scientist with over 10 years of water and development related work and research experience. He completed his PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management and his MPH in Epidemiology at UC Berkeley, and has an MSc in Water Science, Policy, & Management from the University of Oxford. Dr. Cohen conducts research on drinking water supply, treatment, and policy as well as indicator design. Prior to coming to Berkeley, he worked for three United Nations agencies (IFAD, FAO, and WFP) on projects related to water resources management, agriculture and rural poverty reduction, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methods.

Research Group:

Water Group

Publications:

Predictors of Drinking Water Boiling and Bottled Water Consumption in Rural China: A Hierarchical Modeling Approach

Effects of Boiling Drinking Water on Diarrhea and Pathogen-Specific Infections in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Microbiological Evaluation of Household Drinking Water Treatment in Rural China Shows Benefits of Electric Kettles: A Cross-Sectional Study

Quantifying the Qualitative: Eliciting Expert Input to Develop the Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool

Water & Poverty in Rural China: Developing an Instrument to Assess the Multiple Dimensions of Water & Poverty

The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool: A New Framework for Measuring Rural Poverty

The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool: User’s Guide

The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool: Design, Development & Application of a New Framework for Measuring Rural Poverty

Links:

Berkeley/China-CDC Program for Water & Health

The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool

Miller, Christian

Student

Christian is fascinated by energy end-uses’ effect on communities’ economic and political well-being. While his formal scientific background is in biorenewable resources, his focus is on the sustainable development of holistic energy solutions based on socioeconomic, geographic, and natural resource characteristics for communities both domestic and developing abroad. As well, Christian is interested in the socioeconomics of renewable energy infrastructure and promoting evidence-based policy for leading the US towards clean energy integration and adoption that economically empowers all American citizens. Christian has a BS in Biological Systems Engineering from Iowa State University.

Contact:

Email: cgmiller@berkeley.edu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cgmiller128/

Penakalapati, Gauthami

Student

Gauthami’s research interests focus on how social networks influence health behaviors and decisions around access and use of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructures and its implications on the health and dignity of women and children in developing countries. More broadly, she is interested in exploring the intersection of urban planning and women’s health. Previously, Gauthami was a technical advisor for UNICEF exploring the menstrual hygiene management (MHM) challenges for adolescent schoolgirls in developing countries, she conducted extensive systematic reviews assessing the impacts of sanitation on health and understanding the human health impacts from exposure to animal feces, and in rural Kenya, she managed behavioral change interventions in a WASH randomized-control trial and developed a low-cost handwashing system. Gauthami has a MPH in Global Health from Emory University and a BS in Biology from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Contact:

gauthamip@berkeley.edu

Hall, Anaya

Student

Anaya is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining ERG, Anaya attended the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University where she earned a Master of Science in Agriculture, Food and Environment and a Certificate in Water Systems. As an InFEWS and DS421 Fellow, she is interested in using quantitative spatial analysis to investigate multiscale dynamics of critical environmental and resource concerns at the nexus of agriculture, water and energy. At ERG she hopes to build on her interdisciplinary background, linking ecological and economic sciences to promote equitable, sustainable, and climate-resilient food systems. Anaya holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University. She enjoys hiking, gardening and sharing meals with friends.

Contact:

anayahall@berkeley.edu

Strecker, Jesse

Student

I grew up in the rural North Bay, in a small town called Monte Rio, along the Russian River. I moved to Providence, RI to study at Brown University, where I majored in Anthropology and Latin American Studies.

After graduating, I spent the next seven years or so doing community and labor organizing work, first with an immigrants’ rights organization, then as the director of the RI chapter of Jobs With Justice. I’m looking forward to starting a dual degree program at ERG and the Goldman School, studying how to use the transition to a clean energy economy as a vehicle to create economic justice and new forms of decentralized governance.

Links:

Curriculum Vitae

Contact:

jesse_strecker@berkeley.edu

Depsky, Nicholas

Student

Nick earned his BS in Hydrology along with a minor in Environmental Policy from UC Davis in 2013. Since graduating, he spent over three years working for the Stockholm Environment Institute based in their Davis, CA office participating in watershed modeling and management projects for river basins in California, Perú, and Ecuador. He then worked as a Hydrologist for The Nature Conservancy in their Bogotá, Colombia office from Jan – Aug 2017 conducting climate change and reservoir re-operation analysis for the Magdalena-Cauca River basin. His research aims are to blend modeling techniques with policy analysis in order to achieve improved watershed management solutions.

Publications:

Exploring scientific information for policy making under deep uncertainty

Contact:

njdepsky@berkeley.edu

Quiroz, Dianne

Student

I’m a first years master’s student and received a B.S. & B.A. from UC Berkeley in Integrative Biology and Molecular Environmental Biology. Prior to coming to ERG, I worked on quantifying rates of nitrogen fixation by bacteria associated with conifer foliage in Western U.S. forests. I’m broadly interested in the dynamics of community-level responses to anthropogenic global change.

Contact:

diannequiroz@berkeley.edu

Mulhauser, Sara

Student

Sara is an architect who delved into distributed generation while developing fuel cell projects for Bloom Energy. She became interested in the energy industry in general, and specifically the regulatory and finance conditions that make markets more open to uptake of innovative technologies. While her focus is in energy, she is also interested in how other major infrastructure areas are similar and different with respect to technology uptake. Sara has a BA in Architecture from Berkeley.

Links:

Curriculum Vitae

Contact:

sara.mulhauser@berkeley.edu
LinkedIn

 

Levinson, Michelle

Student

Michelle is a concurrent degree student at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Energy Resources Group. Prior to graduate school, she worked in political, legal, and regulatory advocacy at the Natural Resources Defense Council and NextGen Climate America. Michelle is currently interested in the financial impacts of climate change, but also likes to keep up with California’s climate and energy policies and is fascinated by models of economy-wide decarbonization. Michelle graduated from Brown University in 2011 and now lives in her hometown of Oakland, CA.

Contact:

levinson@berkeley.edu
LinkedIn