Mads R. Almassalkhi
Director of the CORE Systems Lab

Mads Almassalkhi

Welcome to the Control and Optimization of Renewable Energy (CORE) Systems Lab at the University of Vermont!

Contact Information (Note: Mads is on sabbatical at DTU in 2021/22)

  • Email: malmassa@uvm.edu
  • 301c Votey Hall
    33 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, VT, 05405 USA

Brief Biography

Mads Rønne Almassalkhi is Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Vermont, holds a joint appointment at PNNL as Chief Scientist, and co-founder of clean-tech startup Packetized Energy that is commercializing technology related to his research. His research interests lie at the intersection of power systems, mathematical optimization, and control systems and focus on developing scalable algorithms that improve responsiveness and resilience of energy and power systems with a recent focus on advanced distribution system operations. He is the previous Chair of the IEEE PES Smart Buildings, Loads, and Customer Systems (SBLC) technical subcommittee on Loads. His work has been recognized with a recent NSF CAREER award in 2021 and the Outstanding Junior Faculty award in his college in 2016. Prior to joining the University of Vermont, he was lead systems engineer at energy startup company Root3 Technologies in Chicago, IL. Before that, he received his PhD from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering (EE): Systems in 2013 and a dual major in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio in 2008. When he is not working on energy problems or teaching, he spends his time with his amazing wife and their three wonderful children.

Research Interests

In the CORE Systems Lab, our goal is to advance our fundamental understanding of how power and energy systems can actively and reliably respond to changing market and grid conditions and enable a clean energy future. Towards this objective, our group seeks to develop impactful grid-aware control and optimization algorithms that coordinate distributed, networked grid and energy resources. Our group's work, thus, investigates modeling and control of fleets of distributed energy resources (DERs) as virtual energy storage (VES), optimization of DERs in transmission and distribution systems, and real-time validation of algorithms in a practical context.

Education

University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering: Systems (2013)
  • M.S.E. Electrical Engineering: Systems (2010)
University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor's of Science with dual majors in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics (2008)

Recent News

  • October, 2021: Nawaf and I attended the INFORMS Annual Meeting and presented our recent works on battery and DER optimization (Presentations: grid-aware load control and robust battery dispatch).
  • September, 2021: Had fun presenting at my first post-COVID, in-person conference at the Smart Energy Systems International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark (Program and slides).
  • August, 2021: Congrats to Dr. Adil Khurram on defending his PhD Thesis and joining the academic family. He is off as a post-doc at UCSD working on next-gen DER control platforms! (Adil's post-doc project: DER Connect).
  • August, 2021: Arrived at DTU Elektro for my 1-year sabbatical as guest professor - excited to get started!
  • July, 2021: Had a blast organizing and hosting the Danish government at UVM together with VT's leading energy industries - thanks to VELCO's Kerrick Johnson and UVM's Kirk Dombrowski for support in organizing event! (Press from UVM ).
  • June, 2021: Honored to have joined The Gund Institute for Environment as a Gund Fellow (Press from UVM).
  • June, 2021: Excited to participate in Innovation Centre Denmark's webinar on large-scale renewable integration, energy islands, and flexibility (Event and slides).
  • May, 2021: Excited to have joined PNNL's Optimization and Control group as Chief Scientist (via a joint appointment), so our research can have even greater impact in partnership with DOE and industry! (Press from UVM).
  • April, 2021: Congrats to Nawaf Nazir for starting as a post-doc at PNNL!! Now, go conquer the world! (new contact info).
  • April, 2021: The CORE Systems Lab has earned TENURE at UVM! Thank you to all the amazing students who worked hard with me to make this possible!
  • March, 2021: Incredibly honored to have been awarded an NSF CAREER award for 2021 in the program EPCN! (Project description and UVM news story).
  • January, 2021: The ENERGISE project comes to a great end - final technical report approved (FTR and open-access team paper).