People

Faculty

Mike Wagner

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor

Email: mike.wagner@wisc.edu

Phone: +1 608 890 1910

Address:
Engineering Research Building 1343
1500 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Dr. Wagner is principal investigator of the Energy Systems Operations Lab, a faculty member of the Solar Energy Lab, and a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium. His research includes thermal systems modeling, system design and operations optimization, and predictive performance analysis of energy generation and storage technologies. Prior to joining UW-Madison, he was a senior researcher and principal investigator for over 11 years in the Thermal Systems group at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado. Dr. Wagner is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S., M.S.) and Colorado School of Mines (Ph.D.). 

Graduate Students

Nick Edwards

Position title: Masters Student

Email: nmedwards2@wisc.edu

Research |Assessing Target State Attainment in Complex Engineered Systems

Education | BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Ty Glisczinski

Position title: Masters Student

Email: tglisczinski@wisc.edu

Research | Optical modeling of single multi-stage heliostat module with high mirror-to-drive ratio

Education | BS Applied Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Anna Groeschel

Position title: Masters Student

Email: amgroeschel@wisc.edu

Research | Dynamic Power Cycle Modeling for an Operator Training Plant Emulator

Education | BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Liz Keith

Position title: Masters Student (Engineering Physics)

Email: ekeith2@wisc.edu

Research | Low-Temperature Storage Dispatch Optimization for an Integrated Nuclear-Solar-Desalination System

Education | BS Environmental Engineering, University of Georgia

Sammie Lundin

Position title: Masters Student

Email: sclundin@wisc.edu

Research | Layout Optimization of a Low-Cost Two-Stage Heliostat Field

Education | BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rob McPherson

Position title: Masters Student

Email: remcpherson@wisc.edu

Research | A Solar Power Plant Emulator for Improved Training and Control

Education | BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kaleb Troyer

Position title: Masters Student

Email: ktroyer@wisc.edu

Research | Technoeconomic Optimization of a Novel High-Temperature Particle Heat Exchanger

Education | BS Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University

Matt Tuman

Position title: Masters Student

Email: tuman@wisc.edu

Research | Dynamic Solar Field Modeling for a Concentrating Solar Power Trough Plant Simulator

Education |BS Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sahana Updahya

Position title: PhD Student

Email: upadhya2@wisc.edu

Research | Battery Degradation Modeling and Optimization

Education | MS Mechanical Engineering (2021) University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.M.S Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India

Jacob Wenner

Position title: Masters Student

Email: jwenner@wisc.edu

Research | Power Hardware in the Loop Validation of Hybrid Systems Including a Thermal Generator; Modeling of Thermal Damage in Solar Receivers

Education | MS Mechanical Engineering (2023) & BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interns and Undergraduate Researchers

Andrew Fernandez

Position title: Undergrad Research Assistant

Email: arfernandez3@wisc.edu

Research | Hybrid Power Plant Dynamic Modeling in a Power-Hardware-in-the-Loop Testbed

Co-Advised Students and Post-Docs

  • Willy Huang (2022-current), B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Co-advised with Dr. Allison Mahvi.
  • Gabriel Soto-Gonzales (2020-2022), B.S. Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Miami (2015), M.S. & Ph.D. Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Cornell (2020). Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, UW-Madison. Co-advised with Dr. Ben Lindley.
  • Aidan Rigby (2021-current), B.S. & M.S. Nuclear Engineering, Cambridge University, UK (2020). Currently, Graduate Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Project title: “Low-Temperature Thermal Storage for High-Temperature Thermodynamic Power Cycles.” Co-advised with Dr. Ben Lindley.
  • Una Baker (2020-2023), B.S. Physics, University of Loughborough, UK (2016), M.S. & Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, Cambridge University, UK (2020). Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, UW-Madison. Co-advised with Dr. Ben Lindley.
  • Grace Stanke (2021-2022), Undergrad Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Project title: “Modeling of a Multi-Effect Distillation Plant in a Integrated Energy System.” Co-advised with Dr. Ben Lindley.
  • Toby Raza (2021-2022), Undergrad Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Project title: “Modeling of a Supercritical Steam Rankine Cycle for IES Applications.” Co-advised with Dr. Ben Lindley.

Alumni

  • Brian White, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2022). Thesis title: “Thermodynamic Cycle Modeling of Integrated Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor and Concentrating Solar Power.” Currently: Thermal Systems Engineer, Milwaukee Tool.
  • Samuel Springate, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2021). Thesis title: “Real-time Analysis and Optimization of Dispatchable Concentrated Solar Power Systems with Thermal Energy Storage.” Currently: Thermal Engineer, SpaceX.
  • Laith Abdulmajeid, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2023). Thesis title: “Modeling and Control of the Intelligent Building Agents Laboratory (IBAL)”.

     

  • Tyler Lee, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Faustin-Prinz Scholar (2023). Thesis title: “Analysis of Concentrating Solar Power Plant Operations for the Creation of Effective Training Tools.” Currently: RISE Internship, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany.
  • Aryan Patel, B.S. Mechanical Engineering (2023). Project title: “Off-Design Modeling of Supercritical Steam-Rankine Power Cycles.” Currently: Graduate Student, Stanford University.
  • Jack Tuohy, B.S. Mechanical Engineering (2023). Project title: “Characterization of Solar Flux Profiles on High-Temperature Solar Absorbers.”
  • Jamie Wolpert, Project title: “Power-Hardware-in-the-Loop Data Collection and Analysis.” Currently: Undergraduate Student, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Lukas Desorcy, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2022). Project title: “Battery SOC testing and analysis.” Currently: Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Kenny Franzese, Project title: “Siting of a Nuclear-Solar-Desalination Integrated Energy System.” Currently: Undergraduate Student, B.S. Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Rob McPherson, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2022). Project title: “Case Studies for Real Time CSP Plant Dispatch Optimization.” Currently: Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • John Steinbergs, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2022). Project title: “Monte-Carlo Modeling of Solar Flux for a Solar Receiver Lifetime Application.” Currently: Graduate Student, Penn State University.
  • Matt Tuman, B.S. Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2022). Project title: “Identification of Optimal Operating Practices in CSP using a Data Clustering Approach.” Currently: Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Sammie Lundin, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2022). Project title: “Case Studies in Battery Dispatch Optimization Considering Degradation Factors.” Currently: Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Ben Bates, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2022). Project title: “Dynamic Power Cycle Model for Model Predictive Control Applications.” Currently: Graduate Student, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
  • Jacob Kerkhoff, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2021). Project title: “Concentrating Solar Cavity Receiver Modeling for Generalized Geometries.” Currently: Aerospace Analysis Engineer, ATA Engineering.
  • Jacob Wenner, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2020). Project title: “Dynamic Model of a Thermal Generator for Power Hardware in the Loop Validation.” Currently: Graduate Student, UW-Madison.
  • Brian White, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2020). Project title: “Design and Operations Optimization of a Nuclear-Solar Integrated Energy System.” Currently: Graduate Student, UW-Madison.
  • Laith Abdulmajeid, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2021). Project title: “Development of a Performance Correction Model for Real Time Power Plant Optimization.” Currently: Graduate Student, UW-Madison.

In Memoriam

Mullin profile picture Matthew J. Mullin, ESOL PhD Student, 2021-2023.

Remembered for his kindness, generosity, sense of humor, and keen intellect.

Research: Learned Productivity Under Variable Solar Conditions
Education: B.E. Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University, NY