February 2, 2012

Electric ship, microgrids and renewable energy. Brown Bag Lunch with Julie Chalfant and Mirjana Milosevic Marden, Design Lab, MIT Sea Grant

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: MIT E38-300 (292 Main St., Cambridge, 3rd floor)

The major research issues in the renewable power arena involving power generation, storage, transformation and distribution, and the issues associated with microgrids such as limited power generation for a specific set of loads, are the same issues seen in shipboard implementation of electric distribution technologies. The Sea Grant Design Laboratory has been involved in a body of work researching the implementation of electric distribution technologies shipboard. Join us for a discussion of our approach to these research topics.

About Julie Chalfant
Julie Chalfant is a research scientist in the Design Laboratory of the MIT Sea Grant College Program. Her current areas of research include ship design and integration, and early-stage design tools. She is a member of the Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium (ESRDC).

She completed her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2008, in the area of three-dimensional solid modeling, with a dissertation entitled “Three-Dimensional Object Registration Using Wavelet Features.” She also has two masters degrees from MIT in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, with a thesis entitled “Analysis and Design of Developable Surfaces for Shipbuilding.”

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former active duty Officer in the United States Navy, she has active experience in operating and maintaining Navy ships. She holds the Navy Surface Warfare Officer qualification, certifying expertise in all aspects of Navy surface ship operation, and the Navy Engineering Duty Officer qualification, certifying expertise in the procurement, installation and maintenance of complex systems on Navy ships.

About Mirjana Milosevic Marden
Dr. Mirjana Milosevic Marden is a Research Engineer at the MIT Sea Grant College Program. Dr. Marden is developing models and control systems of an Integrated Power System for an All-Electric Ship as well as Matlab and Simulink models for electrical and mechanical components and their controllers. Her main research interests include generation control in a small isolated power systems (micro-grids), distributed generation and renewable energy sources.

About the Brown Bag Lunch Series
MIT Sea Grant staff and students present projects, programs, research, and other topics in an informal setting to inform and inspire MIT colleagues and the wider community. The Brown Bag Lunch Series is open to the public.


Architectural model of an electric ship. In: Chalfant and Chryssostomidis, MITSG
11-15, 2011.

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