Dr Elizabeth Ratnam

FERL Fellow, Senior Lecturer
BEng (Hons I) and PhD in Electrical Engineering, FIEAust CPEng

Dr Ratnam leads a research group in Power Systems, & Optimization that focuses on both the theoretical and practical aspects of controlling renewable and distributed energy sources within power grids. Her overarching research thrust is to accelerate the energy transition — towards creating a carbon-neutral power grid.

Dr Ratnam earned the BEng (Hons I) degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006, and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 2016, from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She subsequently held postdoctoral research positions with the Center for Energy Research at the University of California San Diego, and at the University of California Berkeley in the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE). During 2001–2012 she held various positions at Ausgrid, a utility that operates one of the largest electricity distribution networks in Australia. Dr Ratnam currently holds a Future Engineering Research Leader (FERL) Fellowship at the ANU and is a Senior Lecturer in the ANU School of Engineering. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. 



ENGN 3223/6223 Control Systems 2019, 2020

ENGN 8625 Advanced Power Systems 2020 

ENGN 3300 Engineering Design 4A: Systems Approaches for Management 2021

Power systems, distribution networks, microgrids, battery storage integration, microPMUs, control and optimization

Senior Member IEEE, Fellow Engineers Australia

2019, 2020 HDR Convenor Energy

2019 School Review Committee

2021 Sub Dean - Educational Programs in CECS ANU

Australian Research Council -  Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 2023 LE230100058 

National Facility for Electricity Grid Security and Resilience Research - Lead CI

CI Team: Professor Ian Petersen, Professor Iman Shames, Professor Jochen Trumpf, Professor Lachlan Blackhall, A/Professor Guodong Shi, Professor Ian Manchester, A/Professor Gregor Verbic, Professor Jian Zhu, Professor Vijay Varadharajan, Professor Steven Weller

ANU -  Major Equipment Grant (2022) 

Facility for Energy Security and Resilience Research, $100,000 - Lead CI

CI Team: Professor Ian Petersen, Professor Iman Shames, Dr Abhishek Bhardwaj, Professor Jochen Trumpf

Australian Research Council -  Linkage Project LP210200473 (2021-2024) 

Building Australia's Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Infrastructure, $481,767 - Lead CI

CI Team: Dr Guodong Shi, Professor Ian Petersen, Dr Andrew Mears, Dr Abhishek Bhardwaj 

Project Partner: SwitchDin

Australian Research Council -  Discovery Project DP220101035 (2021-2024)            

Democratisation of Deep Learning: Neural Architecture Search at Low Cost, $390,000 - CI

CI Team: Prof Saman Halgamuge (Lead CI), Professor Ponnuthurai Suganthan, Dr Julian de Hoog, Dr Elizabeth Ratnam

Global Research Partnerships scheme (2019-2023)

Supporting travel to and from ANU to UC Berkeley – lead CI.

Project partners include UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and industry partner Helia.

Global Connection Fund - Bridging Grant (2018-2019)

Streaming Big Data Analytics for the Smart Grid - CI

2018-2019 Partner: PingThings



DOE EERE ENERGISE Program (2017-2020)

Phasor-Based Control for Scalable Solar PV - Investigator

CIEE at the University of California Berkeley

Partners LBNL, Opal-RT, Gridbright, PingThings, PG&E, Doosan GridTech





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