About Me

Hi! I'm Sakshi.

I am an interdisciplinary researcher who loves to work on the nexus of energy systems and artificial intelligence. Infusing today’s grid with AI to enable its transition to smart grid, by enabling higher levels of renewable penetration, increased reliability, and heightened resiliency - is my goal.

I created this website to share my STEM journey.

The way electricity is generated, transmitted, and consumed is transforming at an unprecedented pace. Main drivers being - urgency to address climage change problems and the evolution of the grid as a dynamic network serving eletrified transportation. I believe AI has a lot to offer to the classical power systems science for enhancing the effectiveness of global energy transformation. So, the blog on this website is aimed at shedding light on the tremendous possibilities [AI + Energy] hold, as they come together.

My Timeline

Podcast guest - The Alan Turing Institute (Data Driven channel)

How to Build a Career in Energy Analytics and AI

July 2020
Chat with The Alan Turing Institute professor Ganna Pogrebna

International Conference on 'AL and ML Applications in Smart Buildings'

Keynote speaker

July 2020
Behind-The-Meter Renewable Energy Optimization for Smart Buildings and Campuses – REopt Lite

Women in AI - Launch Denver AI Chapter

WAI inaugural talk with DoE AI Director and NREL researchers

June 2020
Initiative to help increase female participation in AI field

Podcast guest - Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Spoke about my STEM career trajectory so far

June 2020
Take of a Female Engineer with Industry + Research Experience

Department of Energy - Your AI Career

Featured for my work in the interdisciplinary Energy and AI research

June 2020
Researcher working with AI and Energy

Science Node - Paths to working with HPC

Featured for my work with NREL's Eagle HPC

April 2020
Energy researcher working with HPC

Energy Systems Integration Group - Spring Summit

Panel speaker for ESIG's Workshop webinar

April 2020
REopt Lite API dev Lead

The AI Journal

Featured in The AI Journal's Women In AI series

April 2020
Tips from Women in Tech

Women @ Energy STEM Rising

Featured in Department of Energy's '#WomenInPower impact innovate inspire' series

March 2020
Rising Female Researcher in STEM field

REopt Open Source Webinar

Panelist for REopt Lite's Open Source Review Webinar

March 2020
REopt Lite API - R&D Lead

CMU Energy Week 2020 - AI & Energy Panel

Invited speaker, AI & Energy – Examining the Potential to Bolster Smart Transitions beyond Cybersecurity

March 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19)
Researcher working on the nexus of Energy + AI

REopt Lite API - Open Sourced

NREL's behind-the-meter optimization model is open-sourced

February 2020
Technical Lead

Seminar at Florida International University

Smart Grid Evolution - Opportunities for apply AI based solutions in energy systems

February 2020
Invited Speaker

AEE World Conference and Expo 2019

DoE Better Plants Program session - discussed REopt Lite

September 2019
Panel Speaker

REopt made NREL headlines

NREL news homepage highlighted the capabilities of REopt

August 2019
REopt Lite API development Lead

Attended 2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Expo

Presented two papers for IEEE publication

September 2018
Presentation and Poster session

CMU Energy and Innovation Club - Seminar

Conducted a hands-on workshop for REopt Lite API

March 2018
Live workshop for using REopt Lite's API

Joined NREL

Move to Golden, CO to join NREL as a Reseacher

August 2018
Started working on REopt and Intelligent Campus Projects

Obtained Professional Engineering License

P.E. in Electrical Engineering, state of Califormia

April 2018
Working at AEP

Toastmasters - Competent Communicator

AEP Tulsa Club

May 2017
Competent Communicator Award

Academic Excellence Award

Carnegie Mellon University

May 2016
Energy Science Technology and Policy

Joined American Electric Power

Moved to Tulsa, OK to join AEP as a Grid Planning Engineer

January 2016
Joined SPP Voltage Task Force and Advised PSERC projects as Indutry Adviser

My Research

Current Reseach Interests

Statement of Purpose - current research interests


My Projects

Multi-time-horizon Solar Forecasting

This project is PyTorch implementation of the unified RNN based architecture for multi-time-horizon Solar Forecasting.

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LSTM based Unified Architecture for Multi-time-horizon Solar Forecasting

PyTorch implementation (modular as opposed to single script/jupyter notebook) of the unified LSTM based architecture for solar forecasting.

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REopt Lite - call the API using this easy-to-use script

Open-sourced repository from NREL to access REopt Lite API

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Modeling and analyzing RECS data using dimentionality reduction and t-SNE

Visualizing n-dimensional dataset using t-SNE dimentionality reduction algorithm.

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Clustering of Distribution Feeders with Interactive Visualizations

Python implementation of k-means clustering algorithm for identifying 7-10 representative feeders from 700+ distribution feeders.

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Machine Learning to Draw Insights Using Data From Smart Meters

Model, analyze, and predict residential power consumption from smart meter data using machine learning.


My Skills

My Career

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colorado, U.S.)

Working on building AI-driven solutions for energy systems and buildings including resource and load forecasting. Also, leading the development of REopt Lite tool's API for distributed energy resources integration.

Aug. 2018 - present
Researcher

American Electric Power (Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.)

Worked in AEP's West Transmission Planning wing, conducted full-interconnection studies for utility-scale renewable energy projects; Participated in various task forces in SPP and ERCOT.

Jan. 2016 - Aug. 2018
Grid Planning Engineer

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.)

For Energy Transportation and Storage course, incorporated HOMER modeling tool in the syllabus and helped student build grid-connected and off-grid renewable energy generation mdoels incorporating energy storage to analyze economics of their constuction and operations.

Sep. 2015 - Dec. 2015
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Black & Veatch (Seattle, Washington, U.S.)

Worked in B&V's energy practice, studied distribution feeder hosting capacity for the rooftop PV, customer PV adoption predictions for residential + commerical sectors, and fuel cell based plant's feasibility study.

May. 2015 - Jul. 2015
Renewable Energy Engineering Intern

University of Michigan (Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.)

Worked in ECE research lab, researched day-ahead energy consumption scheduling of residential building using MPC.

Sep. 2014 - Dec. 2014
Research Assistant

Deakin University (Geelong, Victoria, Australia)

Worked in Renewable Energy Lab as full-ride scholar, conducted hardware-in-the-loop experiments to design controls for pv and wind connected residential loads.

Feb. 2014 - Jun. 2014
Research Intern

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (Bhopal, MP, India)

Conducted cost-effectiveness analysis on the permanent magnet DC traction motor with reconfigurable windings for high-speed locomotion applications.

May 2012 - Jun. 2012
Intern

My Publications

Journal Articles

peer-reviewed articles (published and in-review)

Conference Papers

conference publications

Book Chapters

published, in-publication, and accepted abstract

Software Records

publically accessible repository for using REopt Lite API


My Education

University of British Columbia (Online currenlty | Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sep. 2020 - present
Ongoing

Stanford University (Online)

Professional Certificate, Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies

Sep. 2016 - Jan. 2017
Awarded the certification

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.)

Master of Science in Energy Science Technology and Policy, concentration - ECE

Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2015
GPA 4 on 4

University of Michigan (Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.)

Master of Science in Engineering Management (1 semester)

Sep. 2014 - Dec. 2014
GPA 4 on 4

Deakin University (Geelong, Victoria, Australia)

Bachelor of Technology, Electrical and Electronics Engineering (1 semester abroad)

Feb. 2014 - June. 2014
Bachelor's thesis

Vellore Institute of Technology (Chennai, Tamilnadu, India)

Bachelor of Technology in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Aug. 2010 - Jun. 2014
GPA 8.35 on 10