Anika Maskara ’23


Computer Science

Project Title

Downscaling Energy-System Transitions

I worked with the Zero-carbon Energy Systems Research and Optimization Laboratory (ZERO Lab) as part of the Rapid Switch project. I assisted on the PJM Deep Decarbonization project, which identifies and investigates realistic plans for decarbonizing the electricity supply of New Jersey and the PJM Interconnection — the largest electricity market region in the United States — by 2050. The goal of the project is to analyze the impact of clean-energy policies on energy costs and emissions in an effort to help guide policymakers and stakeholders in New Jersey and the region. ZERO Lab uses a power-system capacity expansion model for the analysis, relying on current energy and technology data to model possible future scenarios based on different policy and economic constraints. I assisted by writing R scripts that gathered information from publicly available sources, preprocessed data into formats accepted by the modeling software and wrote reusable data-visualization code to display modeling results in purposeful and creative ways. This experience has inspired me to pursue coursework related to environmental studies and continue exploring ways that data analysis and modeling can be used to enact social good.

Internship Year


Project Category

Innovation and a New Energy Future


Energy Systems Analysis Group, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University


Eric Larson, Senior Research Engineer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Chuan Zhang, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment