Ashish Gupta ’13


Computer Science

Project Title

Developing Databases and Models at the Princeton Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis (PENSA)

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This summer I worked on a project involving the creation of a model to simulate the movement of power throughout a network grid in the US. This requires understanding the way energy is transmitted from a generation to a load and how a network of supply and demand is constrained. The power grid model ultimately boils down to an optimization problem where we aim to minimize system costs and energy losses. Creating this model, in part, involved managing large sets of data and using machine learning techniques to efficiently parse data input for the model. The immediate goal of the project is to use this model to analyze the way our current network functions, and to create simulations that illustrate the effects of altering parameters, such as the type of energy being delivered. The long-term goal is to eventually determine how we can move towards cleaner forms of energy such as wind.

Internship Year


Project Category

Climate and Energy


Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey


Warren Powell, Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Director, Program in Engineering and Management Systems