Dr. Bri-Mathias Hodge's research focuses on the modeling and simulation of power and energy systems, with an emphasis on the operational and planning challenges posed by the integration of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power. He is an author on over 100 journal articles in this area and has received five best paper awards at the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting. At NREL he has received Outstanding Mentor Awards on five occasions, the NREL President’s Award, the NREL Outstanding Performance Award, the NREL Director's Publication Impact Award , the NREL Chairman's Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship. He is also Associate Director and a Fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) and a Chief Scientist and a Distinguished Member of the Research Staff at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Power Systems, Multi-Energy Systems, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), Process Systems Engineering
ECEN 2250 - Introduction to Circuits and Electronics
Fall 2018 / Spring 2023
Introduces linear circuit analysis and design, including OP-Amps. Presents DC networks, including node and mesh analysis with controlled sources. Analysis of RL and RC circuits for both transient and sinusoidal steady-state responses using phasors. Recommended prerequisites: ECEN 1310 or CSCI 1300.
ECEN 2310 - Programming with Mathematical Software
Applies mathematical software to the solution of engineering applications, using numerical and symbolic techniques. Typical applications include the manipulation of acoustic signals and the study of the dynamics of simple continuous and discrete systems.
ECEN 5007 - Special Topics
Fall 2019 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
Examines a special topic in Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
ECEN 5407 - Renewable Energy and the Future Power Grid
Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
This course will begin with an introduction to the power grid including planning and operations for the transmission and distribution level power grid. The course will reflect that while many of the solutions to the integration of variable generation are technical in nature, policy and economics play a large role in the changes that are occurring within the power system. After examining the technological specifications of the most important variable generation sources (wind power, solar photovoltaics, and solar thermal power), as well as traditional power generation sources, other aspects of power system planning and operations in the future power grid will be examined in detail.
ECEN 5427 - Power System Planning & Operations
This course will focus on bulk power system planning and operations, with special emphasis on systems with high variable renewable energy penetrations. Electricity markets will also be presented, and the differences with vertically integrated utilities will be discussed. Students will develop an understanding of electricity market dynamics in one of the course projects by participating in an electricity market game. The application of optimization problems in bulk power system operations will be discussed and applied by the students in another course project. They will develop a production cost model to simulate bulk power system operations of a test system under different scenarios. Recommended prerequisite: ECEN 5417.