HackDuke: Code for Good

Hack Duke 2014HackDuke brought over 400 students from dozens of schools across the country to Duke University November 15-16.
These engineering and computer science students were competing to see who could code, build and otherwise hack the best project to have a positive social impact in a 48 hour period.

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Quote in SWE Magazine

The 2014 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) magazine published an article discussing the current state and future of energy storage systems describing the falling costs and increasing energy capacity of these systems. The article also explored the transformative potential that energy storage systems offer for modern power systems. They also picked up a quote from my 2010 Energy Storage Technology Review. The full article is available in SWE Magazine (“Transforming Battery Technology” SWE, Conference 2014, 38-42, by Charlotte Thomas).

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Takeaways from the NILM Workshop & Pecan Street Meeting: June 3-4 2014, Austin, TX

The Mueller community in Austin, Texas. Many of these homes are the source of household energy data provided on WikiEnergy.
The Mueller community in Austin, Texas. Many of these homes are the source of household energy data provided on WikiEnergy.

I attended the second non-intrusive load monitoring (NILM) workshop, hosted at the University of Texas at Austin from June 3-4, 2014.

The first day was an academic session on NILM, run by Mario Berges and Zico Kolter. The second day was hosted by Pecan Street Inc., and highlighted the new WikiEnergy site providing the residential data they collect. From these sessions I took home a number of important messages:

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Energy Industry Fundamentals

The Duke Fuqua School of Business hosted the Energy Industry Fundamentals, a 2-day course on the overview of the energy industry. Topics ranged from oil and gas to electricity and had speakers ranging from Lincoln Pratson to Eric Toone. I shared a whirlwind overview of electric power markets and a short history of (de)regulation in the U.S. I also discussed basic electric power engineering concepts including the generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure, as well as the tradeoffs between HVAC and HVDC transmission, reactive power compensation, and energy storage technologies.

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Bass Connection in Energy Kickoff Meeting

Today we kicked off the 2013 Bass Connections in Energy project teams with a full meeting of the team leaders and the students. Every project team has both undergraduate and graduate student representation and each team has to have students and leadership from at least two disciplines. Over 45 students and leaders were present representing the majority of the schools on campus: Pratt, Nicholas, Trinity, Law, Sanford, and Fuqua, as well as the Nicholas Institute and RTI. Each project team will be working together on a project over the next year. I’m coleading a team working on the energy disaggregation problem, but there are teams looking at everything from behavioral science questions in energy to energy and peacekeeping through film. You can read more about the energy teams and the teams in other themes at the Bass Connections Central website.

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Alberto Pizzolato from KTH Sweden

AlbertoKyleThis summer a student from KTH Sweden, Alberto Pizzolato, interned at Duke, working with me on the energy disaggregation project. He was here as part of a program between KTH and the Duke Smart Home program. He did a fantastic job on advancing the project, and everyone on the team this year will benefit from his efforts. You can read more on the story of Alberto and his summer experience at Duke in this news article from the Energy Initiative.

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Duke Forward campaign in Washington, D.C.

I spoke on a panel at a Duke Forward campaign event in Washington, D.C. today. The panel was on energy, and was moderated by Laurie Patton, Dean of the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, and included Richard Newell, Director of the Energy Initiative, and fellow Duke graduate Elise Richards. An article on my presentation can be found here.

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Duke University Energy Researcher Workshop

The Duke University Energy Initiative sponsored the first Duke University Energy Research Collaboration Workshop. This was a great opportunity to interact with other researchers, hear about their current work, and discover potential collaboration opportunities. I gave a talk on the Bass Connections in Energy project that I’ll be coleading on energy disaggregation and applications to Duke University’s campus. Continue reading Duke University Energy Researcher Workshop

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Duke University Energy Initiative

Today I began working at the Duke University Energy Initiative in the position of Postdoctoral Energy Fellow. I’ll be working with the director, Richard Newell, on two projects. First, I’ll be an administrator for Bass Connections in Energy, on of the five themes of the new Bass Connections initiative. Secondly, I’ll be developing a project on energy disaggregation from smart electric meters. Continue reading Duke University Energy Initiative

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