Anamika Dubey has been appointed co-director of the Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Advanced Grid Institute (AGI). Dubey, Huie-Rogers Endowed Chair and associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science within the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, co-leads the institute with Jeff Dagle, chief electrical engineer at PNNL.
“We are excited to announce Anamika as the new co-director of the WSU-PNNL Advanced Grid Institute,” said Michael Wolcott, Regents Professor and interim vice president for research at WSU. “Her research and knowledge of the challenges facing today’s power systems will help her lead the WSU-PNNL Advanced Grid Institute into the future.”
The WSU-PNNL Advanced Grid Institute is a joint research collaboration created in May 2018 to promote the research and evolution of advanced grid modeling to support planning and operations of complex power systems of the future and its workforce.
The institute combines complementary expertise from PNNL and WSU in the fields of advanced grid modeling, wide-area measurements, demand response, energy storage, grid architecture, cybersecurity, and power system reliability research. The goal is to enhance the resilience of the power grid to withstand all hazards, including natural disasters and malicious threats.
“As a joint appointee of both WSU and PNNL, Anamika Dubey has been a researcher, collaborator, and leader. Anamika will enable the Advanced Grid Institute to continue addressing some of the challenges we face as a nation in building and operating a cleaner and more resilient power grid,” said Jud Virden, associate laboratory director for the Energy and Environment Directorate at PNNL.
Dubey holds a joint appointment as a research scientist at PNNL. She received her Ph.D. and MSE degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. She has trained several Ph.D. students. Her research is highly cited and consistently published in premier journals and conferences, establishing her as well-recognized in the power systems community.
Her research addresses improved efficiency, operational flexibility, and resilience for the U.S. power grid in the face of climate change and extreme weather events. She joined WSU in 2016. In 2021, she was named the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture outstanding junior faculty researcher. She also received the Pacesetter Award in Physical Sciences and Engineering at WSU in 2021. In 2023, she received the IEEE Power & Energy Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award for contributions to optimization and control of electric power distribution systems. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, including a CAREER Award, the Department of Energy, PNNL, the Sloan Foundation, and the power industry.
Noel Schulz, the Edmund O. Schweitzer III Chair in Power Apparatus and Systems in the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, previously served as co-director for the WSU-PNNL Advanced Grid Institute.