PhD Students

Eliane Nirere

First year PhD Student

Eliane earned her master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a specialization in Energy Systems from Carnegie Mellon University Africa. Her research focuses on the planning and implementation of technologies aimed at enhancing sustainable energy access in underserved communities.

Ahana Mukherjee

First year PhD Student

Ahana Mukherjee earned her bachelor's degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UCLA and her master's degree with a focus on Energy, Civil Infrastructure, and Climate from UC Berkeley. She has several years of professional experience working in design and implementation of utility scale battery energy storage systems, commercial solar, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Additionally, she has civil engineering experience in grading, drainage, and stormwater design for a variety of residential and commercial projects. Her research interests are in renewable energy power systems, electrification, energy access, and driving socially-conscious and equitable designs.

Kwame Donkor

First year PhD Student

Kwame is passionate about improving electrical grid systems through data analytics, increased reliability and sustainability. "The possibilities of using data from existing grids and employing renewable energy sources to meet demand shortfalls excites me. I believe that with better understanding and application of these systems, more homes in low-income countries would have better quality electricity that could also potentially be cheaper." Prior to joining UW, he worked extensively in the electrical services and automation industry in Accra, Ghana so he find myself drawn to autonomous systems as well. Besides getting pumped up from exciting discoveries and breakthroughs in the lab, he loves to get energized from the occasional Netflix binge, playing football (not the American one!) and taking long walks. He also finds exploring the outdoors and going out occasionally with friends relaxing.