Alumnus Ekundayo Shittu, who is currently on the faculty of the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at George Washington University (GWU) in the District of Columbia, has been awarded a five-year, $500,000, Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program grant from the National Science Foundation. His CAREER project is titled “Adaptive Investments into Resilient Electricity Infrastructure Systems.” At UMass, Dr. Shittu was a Ph.D. student of Professor Erin Baker in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department.
Shittu got his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research in 2008 under the direction of Professor Erin Baker. His thesis was “Environmental Policy and Investment Decisions under Uncertainty.” Shittu was a recipient of the Isenberg Award in 2005, a one-year fellowship awarded to students who demonstrate academic merit and a commitment to the integration of science, engineering, and management.
According to a GWU press release, Shittu’s CAREER project will develop a decision support system to help government policymakers craft the incentives to advance public-private enterprise capital formation and investments into electricity infrastructure systems and provide strategies for self-organized power restoration in the advent of a disruption.
The GWU release said that Shittu’s CAREER project is inspired by the self-healing properties in biological systems such as morphogenesis (gene formation and adaptation to environmental changes) and wound healing (functional changes in cells due to regeneration).
“This CAREER project will expand the paradigms of complex adaptive systems by incorporating realism and empirical data into models that have practical implications, such as how much to invest in a particular electricity technology portfolio in order to enhance system resilience,” said the release.