My name is Sam Chevalier, and I am a first year PhD student at MIT. I work with Dr. Kostya Turitsyn on problems related to the stability of large scale electric power systems. To solve these problems, our group relies on physically grounded interpretations of power flows, generator dynamics and load models in order to mathematically describe and analyze these phenomenon. The motivation behind my research is outlined in a recent article by the UVM CEMS.
I received the BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering over a five year period at the University of Vermont as an IGERT affiliate. Advised by Dr. Paul Hines, my thesis focused on responding to the statistical warning signs of voltage collapse. We hope to continue deciphering the nuanced statistical information contained in PMU data streams to gauge system health.
While at UVM, I was the captain of the Men’s Varsity T&F Team on which I competed as a pole vaulter. Click here to see my (unimpressive yet meticulous) career statistics. I was also the student director for a variety of Veritas Forums. These events engage academics to think seriously about how science, faith, and morality intersect in our everyday lives.
If you have any questions about my research or interests, please send me an email. I would be happy to hear from you!