Ana Dyreson

Ana Dyreson

Contact

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering Northern Arizona University
  • BS, Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Biography

Dr. Dyreson is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Dyreson’s research interests in the energy-water-climate nexus combine her background in solar energy (PhD Mechanical Engineering, 2018, University of Wisconsin–Madison and MS Mechanical Engineering, 2014, Northern Arizona University) with her work in electricity grid modeling (Post-doctoral researcher 2018-2020, Grid Systems, National Renewable Energy Laboratory). Her work links power plant-level thermodynamic models, climate models, hydrology models, and electricity grid operation models to understand how heat and drought stress may impact future power systems. She is also interested in analysis and valuation of new and novel renewable energy systems and energy efficiency concepts such as radiative cooling, hydropower-solar photovoltaic hybrid power plants, and pumped hydropower at abandoned mines. Dr. Dyreson is passionate about teaching and improving the diversity of Mechanical Engineering as a discipline. Dr. Dyreson holds a BS in Engineering Mechanics from University of Wisconsin–Madison as a registered Professional Engineer (Wisconsin).

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Solar photovoltaic and thermal power plants
  • Electricity grid operational modeling
  • Energy-water nexus

Research Interests

  • Grid integration under high penetrations of wind and solar energy
  • Drought and heat impacts on power systems
  • Thermal power plant modeling
  • Hybrid power plant value propositions
  • Electricity load modeling