Kate Clelland

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Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. Program

Specialization: Power and Energy

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2024

Area of Research: Renewable energy, power systems, hydrogen fuel cells, microgrids

Link to Research Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-clelland-173a13b5

Email: clelland.3@osu.edu

Why are you interested in sustainable energy solutions? I'm interested in sustainable energy solutions because so much in our lives is dependent on energy and that doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon. With the changes we've already seen in the climate due to human activities, it's clear that more sustainable solutions need to be identified and largely implemented to keep the planet livable for future generations. Energy solutions are interesting to me due to the large contribution this sector has on emissions and the impact this could have on emissions in a shift to electrified transportation. 

How are your personal history and vision assets to development and research in energy and sustainability? My personal history in energy and sustainability is fairly diverse. In my undergraduate research in Dr. L.-S. Fan's Clean Energy lab, I worked on several projects to produce hydrogen with lower carbon dioxide emissions and higher efficency than the current state of the art technology. This experience has helped me gain experience in fuel generation process development and optimization. During the last summer of my undergraduate career, I completed a data analytics internship at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. During this internship, I worked on forecasting fuel consumption in Ohio and conducted an analysis on the competitiveness of the retail natural gas market. This experience exposed me to the regulation side of the energy sector, energy markets, and the large role data analytics plays in it. My full time job after finishing my undergraduate degree was as an engineer at a building commissioning company. There I got experience in the operation and designs of building HVAC systems and identifying opportunities for energy savings based on energy analyses. Combining these different experiences around energy with my graduate electrical engineering coursework in power and energy gives me a different perspective to approaching energy and sustainability. 

What is your dream job and how will it contribute to a more sustainable energy landscape? I'd like to work in modernizing the electric grid and in the design and implementation of renewable energy generation and large scale energy storage.

Who are potential key partners for your research? I believe utility companies and the DOE are potential key partners for my research. Partnering with a utility company would be valuable in bringing in real world data and specific problems. The DOE has diverse expertise in energy and works on innovations to advance energy technologies. 

Relevant Technical Skills: Power system modeling and analysis, power converter design, high voltage analysis and lab experimentation, MATLAB, Python, Simulink, PSIM, Power World, JMP, technical writing

Hobbies/Personal Interests: Cooking, hiking, indoor gardening, hanging out with my cat Woody, DIY projects

double-arrowRelevant Technical Skills: 

Power system modeling and analysis, power converter design, high voltage analysis and lab experimentation, MATLAB, Python, Simulink, PSIM, Power World, JMP, technical writing

double-arrowCurrent Projects: 

Lab scale DC Microgrid

double-arrowPublications and Presentations:

1) Converting Ammonia to Fuel Cell Grade Hydrogen Using Chemical Looping - Denman Poster Forum 2017

2) Converting Natural Gas to Hydrogen Using High Pressure Chemical Looping - Denman Poster Forum 2018