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Personal Statement

Waqquas Bukhsh is a National Grid ESO Lecturer in Advanced Optimisation and Decision Support. His research is focused on problems at the interface of optimisation and power systems, typically involving high degrees of risk and uncertainty. He is a lead developer of OATS, which is an open-source power system simulation toolbox.

Before joining Strathclyde, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Technical University of Denmark in the Department of Electrical Engineering and served as a visiting lecturer at the University of Copenhagen. 

Research Interests

Waqquas's research interests lie in the areas of optimisation, networks, algorithm design and analysis, and applications of optimisation to electricty networks.

Industrial Relevance

The decision-support tools created by Dr Bukhsh are actively used in the electricity industry. Notable examples include a reactive power planning model for National Grid ESO, a planning model for the Belgian Transmission System Operator Elia, a long-term generation-transmission coordinated electricity investment planning model for Pakistan's electricity system operator NTDC, and a Bulk Dispatch Optimization model in the Electricity National Control Centre of National Grid ESO.

Academic / Professional qualifications

  • PhD in Operations Research and Optimization, The University of Edinburgh, 2014.
  • BS in Mathematics, COMSATS University, 2008

Teaching Interests

  • EE313/EM301: Engineering Analysis
  • EM270: Programming Design
  • EE707: Managing Risk and Uncertainty in Grid Operation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, An Islanding Model for Preventing Wide-Area Blackouts and the Issue of Local Solutions of the Optimal Power Flow Problem, The University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2014


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