Since August 2017, Dr. Baker has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, and a joint appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) through the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).
Previously, Dr. Baker was a Research Engineer in the Power Systems Engineering Center at NREL, and a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Residential Buildings group at NREL. She received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in December 2014. She is interested in how advanced controls and optimization methods can help integrate renewables, facilitate building-to-grid interactions, and foster efficient operation of our future smart grids and smart cities.
PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, 2010- December 2014
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, 2009-2010
B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, 2006-2009
10/2018 Led by Prof. Liel, we were awarded a $895,500 grant from the Department of Education for our Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) project, "Integrative Reengineering of Infrastructure for Tomorrow's Communities." [link]
9/2018 Our paper, "Joint Chance Constraints Reduction through Learning in Active Distribution Networks," was accepted for presentation at the 6th IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP).
9/2018 Dr. Baker gave a talk titled "Chance Constraints for Smart Grids and Smarter Buildings," to the Statistics, Optimization, and Machine Learning Seminar at CU Boulder.
8/2018 Our journal paper, "MAFSA: Mars Autonomous and Foldable Solar Array," was accepted for publication in New Space.
6/2018 Our abstract, "Operating Under Uncertainty in Smart Communities," was accepted for Oral Presentation a the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting.
4/2018 PhD Student Kaitlyn Garifi received the 2018 ECEE Department Silver Award for Research. Congrats Kaitlyn!
3/2018 Our paper, "Power Signature Obfuscation using Flexible Building Loads," was a honorable mention for Best Paper Award at the 2018 Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (NILM) Workshop in Austin, TX. [Video]
3/2018 The CU Boulder NASA BIG Idea team, led by Dr. Baker, placed second during the final competition at NASA Glenn. The students were awarded internships at NASA. [NASA Press Release]
2/2018 Dr. Baker (PI) and Rafael Frongillo (co-PI) were awarded $15,697 through the University of Colorado, Boulder, for their project "Reducing Water Consumption via Free Market Renewable Integration." [link]
12/2017 The CU Boulder NASA BIG Idea Challenge team, advised by Dr. Baker, has been accepted as one of the final 5 teams to pitch their idea for a Martian solar array to NASA in person! Press release here, article here.
11/2017 Our abstract, "A Guide for the use of Internet Memes in Engineering Education," has been approved for the 2018 American Society of Engineering Education Zone IV Conference.
9/2017 Our paper, "Efficient Relaxations for Joint Chance Constrained AC Optimal Power Flow" was listed as the third most popular article on social media from Elsevier's Electric Power Systems Research Journal.
9/2017 PhD Student Kaitlyn Garifi received the Strauch Family Graduate Fellowship. Congrats Kaitlyn!
8/2017 Dr. Baker started as an Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering at CU Boulder.
6/2017 Dr. Baker presented and participated in the Mathworks Research Summit in Newton, MA.
4/2017 Dr. Baker presented our paper, "Network-Cognizant Design of Decentralized Volt/VAR Controllers," at the IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Conference in Arlington, VA.
4/2017 The smart home energy management controller/optimizer we designed was featured in Denver's "5280" Magazine! [Picture]
2/2017 Our paper, "Modeling Stationary Lithium-Ion Batteries for Optimization and Predictive Control," won Best Paper Award at the 2017 IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI).
12/2016 Dr. Baker presented our paper, "Adaptive Optimal Power Flow for Distribution Systems under Uncertain Forecasts," at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Las Vegas, NV.