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Bits & Watts Postgraduate Fellowship Program

Member Sponsored Fellowships

Bits & Watts former member, State Grid Corporation of China, generously provided funding from 2017 through 2020 for postgraduate work focused on innovations for the 21st century electric grid. These positions are intended to enable work on creative, multidisciplinary research projects that explore new directions for the digital transformation of electric grid. From 2017-2019 State Grid funded four positions and in 2020 they funded two additional postdoctoral positions

Interested in learning more about becoming a fellowship sponsor? Contact Dr. Liang Min, Bits & Watts Managing Director:, (650) 498-4837


2017 Ph.D Fellowships

Jacques completed his PhD in Energy Resources in 2020.  His research focused on applying state-of-the-art computational tools, at the intersection of optimization and statistics, to energy and carbon management problems. A case in point for this research is the Stanford Energy Systems Innovations project, the campus district energy system, which provides a unique source of real data as well as an ideal test-bed for new ideas and control algorithms. He was advised by Profs. Sally Benson and Peter Glynn.

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Ph.D. student in Dept. of Electrical Engineering

2018 Ph.D Fellowships

Ph.D candidate in Prof. Hongjie Dai’s research group in the Department of Chemistry. His Ph.D. research focuses on developing new types of batteries that are safe and possess a long cycle life, high energy density and high capacity. My current research is on developing a novel electrolyte for aluminum batteries

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2019 Postdoctoral Fellowship

Nicolas's research focuses on the transformation of the electricity industry, using insights from industrial organization, market design and regulation, applied microeconomics and behavioral economics. His current topics of interest include the increasing adoption of electric vehicles, and the planning and operation of the electricity grid with an increasing amount of distributed energy resources.

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2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship Awardees

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Yue will be joining Stanford in the Fall of 2020.  She is currently completing her Ph.D. at Tsinghua University. Prior to her doctorate work, Yue received a B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing,in 2015, a B.S. in economics from Peking University, Beijing, in 2017 and was a visiting student at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA from 2018 to 2019. She was the recipient of the 2019 IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid Best Reviewer Award.

Due to the pressure of global climate change and shortage of clean energy sources, the development of renewables and expanded electrification and digitization of all energy consumers are regarded as promising solutions. During her Ph.D study, Yue looked into smart energy system from three perspectives: robust dispatch to cope with uncertainty at source side, energy sharing mechanism design to unleash demand-side flexibility, and equilibrium analysis under multiple energy connection. Broadly, her research interests include applied optimization, game theory and energy economics.

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Omer joined the Bit & Watts team in September 2020 and is already making valuable contributions. His research focuses on the transition of the energy sector towards a decarbonized and sustainable future. In his research, he utilizes large datasets with game-theoretical modeling to inform practical policy suggestions. He is currently working on the usage of large-scale energy storage as a transmission asset, the impact of large EV uptake on the wholesale electricity market, and carbon pricing in the electricity industry.

Prior to coming to Stanford, Omer completed his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT in 2020, and got his bachelor's degree in Economics from Bilkent University in 2014. He is particularly interested in the path for decarbonization of the energy sector.

Omer's Ph.D. research focused on the transition to a low carbon electricity system at the wholesale level. His thesis developed a framework that allows us to estimate the impact of large-scale battery and renewable investment in an imperfectly competitive electricity market. He worked on social and private benefits of grid-scale energy storage and the need for policies that complement investments in renewables with encouraging energy storage and also investigated the impact of large scale renewable investment in the wholesale electricity market, in terms of price and emissions.

Before that, Omar researched kidney exchange and matching markets