Todd Ryan is a doctoral student in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Todd’s research focuses on economics and operations of electricity networks under high penetration of renewable generation. Specifically Todd is interested in policies that encourage novel techniques, such as balancing area consolidation, energy storage, and direct load control, for providing ancillary services. 

Previously Todd worked as an Energy Systems and Markets Analyst for Beacon Power Corporation where he modeled how Beacon’s flywheel energy storage system interact with the electricity grid with respect to each region’s specific rules and regulations. Todd has also worked as a Process and Systems Engineer for Nuvera Fuel Cells developing hydrogen fuel cell and automotive fuel-reforming systems. Todd received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Tufts University in 2005. 


Contact:
toddryan@andrew.cmu.edu

Education

    Carnegie Mellon University | Pittsburgh, Pa 

·  Ph.D. Student in Engineering & Public Policy; began Fall 2010, cumulative GPA: 3.77

·  Researcher associated with the RenewElec project researching future electricity markets with a high penetration of renewable, variable generation

 

Tufts University | Medford, MA 

·  Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering – May 2005

·  3.65/4.00 GPA; Magna Cum Laude; Dean’s List all semesters, Tau Beta Pi

 

Research Interests

· Renewable Energy

· Energy Systems

· Electricity Market Design and Economics

· Electric Reliability and Balancing 

· Demand Response

· Modeling hypothetical futures where the electricity network has a significant penetration of renewable generation and demand-side participation

Education

PhD. in Engineering and Public Policy (2010-Present)

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, Pa

·  Advisors: Dr. Paulina Jaramillo and Dr. Gabriela Hug

·  GPA: 3.77 out of 4.00

·  Graduate research associated with The RenewElec Project, CMU Electric Industry Center, the Electric Energy Systems Group, and the Carnegie Electric Energy Club


Bachelor of Science in Engineering (2001-2005)

   Tufts University, Medford, MA

·  Major: Chemical Engineering

·  GPA: 3.65 out of 4 


  The American School in London (1998-2001)

· Recipient of the Yale Book Award – The student excels in both academics and athletics (2000)

· National Honor Society, honor roll, & tutored students in chemistry for charity  


Publications

1. Ryan, T; Jaramillo, P; Hug, G.; “Near-term Economics and Equity of Balancing Area Consolidation to Support Wind Integration,” (forthcoming)

2. Lazarewicz, Matthew L.; Ryan, Todd M.; "Integration of flywheel-based energy storage for frequency regulation in deregulated markets," Power and Energy Society General Meeting, 2010 IEEE , vol., no., pp.1-6, 25-29 July 2010. 

3. O’Brien, Christopher.; Leshchiner, Michael.; Ryan, Todd.; “Design and Demonstration of a Multi-Fuel Automotive Fuel Processor With Novel Catalyst Integration and Rapid Control System,” ASME Conf. Proc. 2008, 475 (2008).

4. Lehrman, Paul.; Ryan, Todd.; “Bridging the Gap Between Art and Science Education through Teaching of Electronic Musical Instrument Design,” New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conf. Proc. May 2005, Vancouver, Canada.



Work

Experience

Beacon Power | Energy Systems and Markets Analyst | Jan ‘08 – Jul ‘10

Tyngsboro, MA   

· Represented Beacon Power in ISO market meetings and in front of other regulating bodies

· Aided in the creation of new market rules in NYISO and MISO – the first two regions to recognize energy storage as a new asset class

· Helped to write regulatory filings to FERC, ISO’s, and public utility commissions arguing for fair and comparable treatment for energy storage providing Regulation

· Acted as a technical expert on reliability and balancing standards such as NERC’s Control Performance Standards 

· Developed a dynamic model that reflects both the physical attributes of Beacon’s flywheels system and the regional market rules


Nuvera Fuel Cells | Project Process Test Engineer | Jun ‘05 – Dec ‘07

Billerica, MA 

· Lead engineer for the design of a Conditioning and Factory Acceptance Test system for PEM FC Stacks and the validation of a key fuel cell technology

· Build coordinator for a 80 kWe automotive fuel reformer prototype and test stand

· Conducted experiments relating to prototype reactors for preferential oxidation, water-gas shift reaction, steam reforming, and autothermal reforming. 


 

Personal Interests

      · Music – played in funk bands called Refunct; minored in Musical Instrument Engineering at Tufts

        · Running – Ran the Boston Marathon (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008); and run 200 mile team relay race every year in New Hampshire.

        · 2006 First Annual Red Bull Soapbox Derby in St. Louis (13th place /42)