Current Students

PhD Students

Jonathan Black
Work Experience
  • Manager of Load Forecasting, ISO New England, 2016 - present
  • Lead Engineer, ISO New England, 2015 - 2016
  • Engineer, ISO New England, 2011 - 2015
  • Intern, ISO New England, 2010
  • Research Assistant, UMass Wind Energy Center, 2008-2011
  • Environmental Scientist, Pioneer Environmental, 2001-2007
Education
  • Ph.D., Infrastructure & Environmental Systems, UNC Charlotte, 2018 (expected)
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011
  • B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2002
Research
  • Short-term hierarchical load forecasting with high-resolution weather data
  • Short-term net load forecasting with distributed PV
Awards & Honors
  • Merit Reviewer, U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Program, 2015
  • UMass Technology Innovation Challenge, 2nd Place, 2008
Yang Sun Work Experience
  • Research Assistant, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2011 - 2014
  • Lead Engineer, Beijing Aerospace Control Center, Beijing, China, 2007 - 2010
  • Research Assistant, Department of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation, National University of Defense Technology, China, 2004 - 2006
Education
  • Ph.D., Infrastructure & Environmental Systems, UNC Charlotte, 2019 (expected)
  • M.S., Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2014
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, 2006
  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Tsinghua University, 2004
Research
  • Electric load forecasting
Awards & Honors
  • Excellent Engineer Award at Beijing Aerospace Control Center, July 2009
  • Excellent Graduate Honor, National University of Defense Technology, June 2006
  • Excellent Social Practices Award, Tsinghua University, Sep 2002
Jingrui Xie
Work Experience
  • Research Statistician Developer, SAS, 2016 - present
  • Sr. Associate Research Statistician Developer, SAS, 2015 - 2016
  • Sr. Associate Analytical Consultant, SAS, 2013 - 2015
  • Associate Analytical Consultant, SAS, 2011 - 2013
Education
  • Ph.D., Infrastructure & Environmental Systems, UNC Charlotte, 2016 (expected)
  • M.S., Engineering Management, UNC Charlotte, 2015
  • M.A., Economics, Duke University, 2011
  • B.A., Finance, Sun Yat-sen University, China, 2009
Research
  • Probabilistic load forecasting
  • Retail energy forecasting
  • Forecast combination
Awards and Honors
  • IEEE PES Technical Committee Prize Paper Award 2016
  • Top 1 in BigDEAL Forecasting Competition 2016s
  • ISF 2016 Travel Award
  • Top 3 in NPower Gas Demand Forecasting Challenge 2015
  • Top 3 in Load Forecasting Track of Global Energy Forecasting Competition 2014
  • ISF 2015 Travel Award
  • UNCC College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award 2015
  • Top 3 in NPower Electricity Demand Forecasting Challenge 2015
  • International Institute of Forecasters Student Forecasting Award 2015

Master Students

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