2020 Grainger Awards

2020 Graduate Awardees

Peter Killeen

Credentials: PhD 2021

Email: pkilleen@wisc.edu

Over the past decade Professor Ludois and his research group pushed capactive machine technology to the point of competition. This machine requires new power electronics developed for medium voltage and low current.
The focus of my past 3-4 years has been designing,
benchmarking, and improving their performance.

Julia Lindberg

Credentials: PhD 2022

Email: jrlindberg@wisc.edu

I was brought into the world of power engineering during the first year of my PhD. I am most interested in applying techniques from algebraic geometry to problems arising in power engineering.

David Sehloff

Credentials: PhD 2021

Email: dsehloff@wisc.edu

My research focuses on a technology which allows existing power transmission infrastructure to accommodate more power without the need for the difficult and expensive task of constructing new transmission lines.

Jonathan Snodgrass

Credentials: PhD 2021

Email: jsnodgrass2@wisc.edu

At the core of our research, we are creating new and efficient ways to determine the best locations to install new power lines in the electric grid. Specifically, we’re using two different optimization approaches and exploring the benefits of using a quadratic function to model power flow in the power system.

2020 Undergraduate Awardees

William Anderson

Credentials: B.S. 2019

Email: wlanderson@wisc.edu

I specifically chose power engineering because I want to
work with renewable or clean
energy sources to bring about
a more sustainable future.

Dakotah Barnes

Credentials: B.S. 2019

Email: djbarnes97@gmail.com

Power engineering interests me because I found the larger scale of the applications to be more directly applicable in the situations that I wanted to be working in.

Nathan Jensen

Credentials: B.S. 2019

Email: njensen514@gmail.com

From large scale renewable energy to smaller scale circuits in phones, I enjoy recognizing the need for it. My job is in the automation field,
so I get to work with electrical and pneumatic systems as well
as robots every day.

Drew Monroe

Credentials: B.S. 2020

Email: dmonroe@wisc.edu

I’m interested in power engineering because it affects all aspects of life. Every industry uses power at some level, and I wanted to be able
to understand how it is made
and distributed and wanted
to be a part of it.

Jacob Ng

Credentials: B.S. 2020

Email: jacobng6@gmail.com

The electric power grid is a marvel of human engineering and it is facing unprecedented change. Power engineers have the opportunity to shape that change. I am currently looking for work in power system design, renewable energy integration research, or photovoltaics materials research.

Joseph Pascavis

Credentials: B.S. 2019

Email: pascavis@wisc.edu

I became interested in Power Engineering during my
junior year from my
co-op experience and ECE 356.
I saw firsthand and formally learned how integral electric motors and generators are to our everyday lives.

Uros Plecevic

Credentials: B.S. 2020

Email: urosplecevic@gmail.com

My fascination with power engineering turned into a full time commitment after taking ECE 356. That class really showed me how my childhood interest can really help out the world. How, with clever ingenuity, we can harness the sun and wind and provide
clean power to our communities.
I just love that idea.

Jacob Yatso

Credentials: MS 2021

Email: yatso@wisc.edu

To me, the most interesting part of power engineering is how important it is to be efficient and sustainable, and how there is always
the opportunity to strive
for better in those areas.