MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP 2014

IAP 2014 Subjects: Engineering Systems Division

Engineering Leadership
M. Davies, R. Schuhmann
Mon-Fri, Jan 6-10, 27-31, 09-05:00am, 32-144 or 56-154

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 50 participants.
No listeners
Prereq: ESD.05 or permission of instructor
Level: U 6 units Standard A - F Grading   

Exposes students to the models and methods of engineering leadership within the contexts of conceiving, designing, implementing and operating products, processes and systems. Introduces models and theories, such as the Four Capabilities Framework and the Capabilities of Effective Engineering Leaders. Discusses the appropriate times and reasons to use particular models to deliver engineering success. Includes guest speakers and team projects. Preference to students in the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program.
L01: 1/06-1/10 (32-144)
L02: 1/27-1/31 (56-154)
Contact: A. Sheah, 35-311, x3-3251,

Special Graduate Subject in Engineering Systems Division
Electric Power System Modeling for a Low Carbon Economy
I. Perez-Arriaga, J. Garcia-Gonzalez, A. Ramos
Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 30 participants.
Listeners welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: Advised to bring a laptop and have familiarity with GAMS
Level: G 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

Opportunity for study of advanced topics in ESD not otherwise included in the curriculum. Offerings are initiated by faculty on an ad-hoc basis subject to ESD approval.
This 5-session intensive course will present power system analysis techniques that will help in modeling and understanding the role of electric power systems in a carbon-constrained economy. The massive deployment of intermittent renewable electricity generation, the anticipated surge of active demand response or the development of smart grids are among the challenges that have to be faced by the mathematical models for optimization, analysis and simulation of the complex decision making processes in power systems. Apart from a theoretical description of the presented models, the instructors will provide the students with a collection of prototypes that will allow them to run study cases and to understand the effect of the different mathematical formulations on the outcomes. Also the use of these models in some real-world applications will be presented.

Enrollment Note: Only 30 students for-credit. Additional listeners OK.

Contact: Karen Tapia-Ahumada, katapia@MIT.EDU

Part I: Models for the short term
J. Garcia-Gonzalez & A. Ramos

Intro to power systems

Several models for short, medium and long term will be reviewed. A hands-on approach will be followed to show the basics of the models.

Optimal power flow in electricity networks & concepts of nodal pricing

J. Garcia-Gonzalez

Practical session: Use a transmission constrained DC economic dispatch model prototype in GAMS.

Mon Jan 27, 09am-01:00pm, E51-057

Part I continued
J. Garcia-Gonzalez & A. Ramos

Unit commitment of generation plants

The use of a UC model in European projects for the evaluation of the impact of integrating renewable generation and electric vehicles in the Spanish system will be presented.

Advanced topic: Stochastic UC & Profit-Based UC

Practical session: The session will include the use of GAMS prototypes: cost-based UC, and a profit-based UC.

Tue Jan 28, 09am-01:00pm, E51-057

Part II: Models for the medium term
J. Garcia-Gonzalez & A. Ramos

Mid-term hydro-thermal coordination

Advanced topic: Stochastic Dual Dynamic Programming (SDDP)

Practical session:The session will include the use of GAMS prototype for mid-term planning.

Wed Jan 29, 09am-01:00pm, E51-057

Part II continued
A. Ramos, Institute for Research in Technology (IIT), Comillas U.

Modeling the behavior of market participants in the medium term: market equilibrium models

Reviews relevant problems and the associated numerical analysis techniques.

Thu Jan 30, 09am-01:00pm, E51-057

Part III: Models for the long term
A. Ramos, Institute for Research in Technology (IIT), Comillas U.

Capacity expansion of electricity transmission networks

Use of models in defining the transmission network needed to transport a large amount of electricity from far-away renewable resources to the main loading centers will be presented. European paradigmatic application cases of Desertec, Medgrid and eHighWay2050 will be analyzed.

Fri Jan 31, 09am-01:00pm, E51-057