IGERT Smart Grid

Students

Trainees

Sonya Ahamed

Natural Resources

Adviser: Jennie Stephens

BA: Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College, 1993

MSc: Planning, University of Toronto, 1996

Interests:  Sonya’s interests outside of academia include bicycling, kayaking, yoga, and cooking.

Katherine Aho

Mechanical Engineering

Adviser: Kurt Oughstun
Program: Electrical Engineering
BS: Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2012
MS: Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2014
Katherine’s interests outside of academia include skiing and hiking, reading, and playing tabletop games.

 

Cathleen Balantic

Natural Resources

Advisers: Terri Donovan, Jed Murdoch, Allan Strong
BS: Ecology & Society, Cornell University, 2009
MES: Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
Outside of academia, Cathleen enjoys playing guitar and piano, distance running on road and trail, doodling, creative writing, and spending time in the woods.

Larry Clarfeld

Computer Science

Advisers: Maggie Eppstein, Paul Hines

BS: Mathematics, University of Vermont, 2006

MS: Conservation Biology, Antioch University New England, 2013

Outside of academia, Larry enjoys learning about and spending time in nature, birding, hiking, biking, playing guitar, and spending time with family.

Christopher Clement

Natural Resources

Advisers: Jon Erickson, Asim Zia
BS: Environmental Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002
MEM: Sustainable Urban and Industrial Systems, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2008
MBA: Economics and Finance, Yale School of Management, 2008
Outside of academia, Christopher is a passionate outdoorsman, an enthusiastic chef, an avid reader of anything metaphysical, a formerly fanatical basketball player, and an ambling sustainable living practitioner.

Graduated in Spring 2016 with a PhD in Natural Resources

Emily Cody

Mathematics

Adviser: Chris Danforth
BA: Mathematics, Boston University, 2010
MA: Mathematics, Boston University, 2011
Emily’s interests outside of academia include long distance running and running marathons, playing rugby, snowboarding in the winter, and she loves and collects giraffes.

Graduated in Summer 2016 with a PhD in Computer Science

Dan Fredman

Natural Resources

Adviser: Chris Koliba, Jennie Stephens
BA: Psychology, University of Vermont, 2003
MUPP: Urban Planning & Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009
Outside academia, Dan’s interests include sustainable urbanism, graphic design, active transportation, futurism, and any excuse to get out into the surrounding natural environment.

Ben LeBlanc

Civil Engineering-Structural

Adviser: Eric Hernandez

Program: Civil & Environmental Engineering

Degrees:

Combined Plan Program, St. Lawrence University- Math & Physics, 2013

Columbia University- Mechanical Engineering, 2014

Interests: Ben is an avid long distance runner in any distance from half marathons to ultramarathons.  He also likes to hike and is an Adirondack 46′er.

 

Kelsey Linnell

Mathematics

Adviser: George Pinder

BA: Mathematics and Anthropology, Bowdoin College, 2014

Outside of academia, Kelsey is super excited about sustainable living, growing and raising her own food, baking, soap making, and basking in nature.

Thomas McAndrew

Mathematical Sciences

Adviser: James Bagrow
Co-Adviser: Chris Danforth

BS: Biomathematics, University of Scranton, 2009

MS: Biostatistics, Georgetown University, 2010
Tom’s interests outside of academia include making coffee and espresso, playing banjo and guitar, hiking and swimming.

Kristin Raub

Natural Resources

Advisers: Asim Zia, Jennie Stephens

BA: Marine Science, Boston University, 2011

MS: Oceanography, University of Connecticut, 2013

MS: Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Connecticut, 2015

Outside of academia, Kristin loves sailing (both competitively and for fun), traveling, cooking, and the ocean.

Curtis Saunders

Mechanical Engineering

Adviser: Jeff Marshall
BS: Engineering, Bucknell University, 2010
MS: Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012
Curtis’ interests outside of academia include woodworking, Civil War and World War II living history, and working on and driving his 1914 Ford Model T touring car.

Chandler Smith

Civil Engineering

Adviser: Eric Hernandez

BS: Civil Engineering, University of Vermont, 2013

Chandler’s interests outside of academia include reading and leisurely gardening. He also likes to go for the occasional bike ride or for a paddle in his kayak and enjoys a Champlain sunset from time to time

 

Austin Thomas

Natural Resources

Advisers: Paul Hines, Jennie Stephens

BS: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013

MSc: Applied Meteorology, University of Reading; Reading, England, 2014

Outside of academia, Austin enjoys sports of all kinds, weather, politics, and traveling the world.

Mark Wagy

Computer Science

Adviser: Josh Bongard

BA: Physics and Mathematics, Lewis & Clark College, 2000

MA: Music Technology, University of Limerick, 2004

BS: Computer Science, University of Minnesota, 2012

Mark’s interests outside of academia include composition, painting, foraging and cooking.

Graduated in Summer 2016 with a PhD in Computer Science

Associates

Mahraz Amini

Electrical Engineering

Adviser: Mads Almassalkhi

BS: Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2011

MS: Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2014

Mahraz’s interests outside of academia include reading, writing, and watching movies.

Caitlin Bliss

Electrical Engineering

Adviser: Jeff Frolik

BS: Electrical Engineering, UVM, 2015

Caitlin’s interests outside of academia include skiing, golfing, and a love for food

Sam Chevalier

Electrical Engineering

Adviser: Paul Hines

BS: Electrical Engineering, UVM, 2015

Sam’s interests outside of academia include pole vaulting, coaching T&F (teaching the Bubka/Petrov model), playing basketball with his family, Olympic lifting, following Gator football, reading CS Lewis or NT Wright books, and raking leaves

Graduated in Summer 2016 with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering

Melissa Faletra

Mechanical Engineering (MS)

Adviser: Jeff Marshall

BS: Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont, 2012

Melissa’s interests outside of academia include hiking, running, skiing, biking, and crafting.

Graduated in Spring 2014 with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering

Goodarz Ghanavati

Electrical Engineering (Power systems)

Adviser: Paul Hines

BS: Electrical Engineering, Tehran polytechnic, 2005

MS: Electrical Engineering, Tehran polytechnic, 2008

Goodarz’s interests outside of academia include hiking, traveling, reading, and biking.

Graduated in Spring 2014 with a PhD in Electrical Engineering

Shoeib Heydari

Electrical Engineering

Adviser: Paul Hines, Mads Almassalkhi

BS: Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2014

MS: Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2016

Shoeib’s interests outside of academia include watching movies, listening to music, hanging out with his friends, and playing soccer

Nibir Islam

Electrical Engineering

Advisers: Paul Hines, Mads Almassalkhi

BS: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, American International University-Bangladesh, Bangladesh, 2015

Nibir’s interests outside of academia include watching and playing football and tennis, traveling and exploring new places, hiking, and playing FIFA

Pooya Rezaei

Electrical Engineering

Adviser: Paul Hines

BS: Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2008

MS: Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2010

Pooya’s interests outside of academia include reading, cooking, playing chess, and watching movies.
Webpage: http://www.uvm.edu/~prezaei/

Graduated in Fall 2015 with a PhD in Electrical Engineering

Shenyi Zhao

Electrical Engineering

Adviser: Mads Almassalkhi

BS: Information and Computer Science, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China, 2014

MS: Electrical Engineering, Clarkson University, 2016

Shenyi’s interests outside of academia include swimming and ping pong