- Graduate Research Assistant, University of Texas at Austin
Thomas began his graduate education after four years working in industry as an engineering consultant in the areas of campus utility distribution, central utility plant design, and commercial building design. During his time at UT, he is exploring the implications of integrating large amounts of renewable energy into the electric grid. He is using that understanding to evaluate how urban energy systems can utilize thermal energy storage, demand response, and other strategies to lower their costs and improve the operation of grids that contain large amounts of renewable energy generation.
Energy systems modeling, optimization, and analysis
Renewable energy integration into the electric grid
Grid services from urban energy cooperatives and demand side management
- Solar PV integration cost variation due to array orientation and geographic location in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas
- PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering. The University of Texas. Austin, TX. Expected Graduation: May 2018.
- BS, Mechanical Engineering (Minor, German). Texas A&M University. College Station, TX. 2010.
- National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship
- Virginia and Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Fellow