Alex Zolan joined the Thermal Sciences Group at NREL in August 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher. His recent work at NREL involves the development of models that seek optimal design, dispatch, and operations of concentrating solar power and hybrid energy systems. As a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, Alex collaborated with NREL in the development of an energy resource planning tool that provides optimal design and dispatch decisions for a microgrid built to support the energy needs of a forward-operating base in a remote location. His research experience is in the fields of stochastic optimization and Monte Carlo simulation.
Ph.D. Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
M.S. Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
M.A. Mathematics, Western Connecticut State University
B.S. Economics, University of Pennsylvania
B.S. Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania