Welcome! I'm a PhD student in the ECE Dept. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I'm advised by Prof. Giri Venkataramanan. I'm also a member of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC ). I got my master's degree in December 2015. See here for my master's research.

Current Research Overview
My focus in PhD has been towards smarter management of microgrids. We are currently working on building an ecosystem for managing microgrids - Simple Electric Utility Platform (SEUP), an end-to-end scalable platform/solution for managing microgrids. It can be deployed in homes, offices, communities etc. for monitoring, control and management of the grid.

Broad Research InterestsMicrogrids, Cyberphysical Power Systems, IoT, Cloud Computing  for Energy Systems, Embedded Computing and Computer Networks. 

Other Projects
I'm interested in energy education (and broadly STEM education). Our platform EnerGyan (pronounced /eːnər ɡiːˈɑːn/) has been used to teach several undergraduate and graduate students various topics in STEM - energy, computation and communication etc. It has been used in various workshops, classes and hackathons.

Education
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, 2016 - present
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    UW-Madison
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, 2013 - 2015
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    UW-Madison
Experience
  • Graduate Research Assistant, UW-Madison, Sep. 2014 - present
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, UW-Madison, Jan. 2014 - May 2015
  • Power Systems and Architecture Engineer (Intern), Corporate Research and Technology, Eaton Corporation, May 2014 - Aug. 2014
  • Graduate Project Assistant, UW-Madison, Jan. 2014 - May 2014
  • Intern, Indian Space Research Organization, Summer 2011
  • Intern, Kirloskar Electric Company, Summer 2010
Awards/Honors
  • First Place, Dvorak Energy Prize, Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge, UW-Madison, 2018 Press Coverage
  • Best Business Brief Award, Transcend Madison Innovation Competition, 2018
  • Third Prize, NEST Software Contest, 2018 Press Coverage
  • Third Place, Global Stewards Sustainability Prize, Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge, UW-Madison, 2014
  • Merit Award, Asian Youth Energy Summit, National University of Singapore, 2012
  • Second Place, GE Edison Challenge, 2011
  • Audience Choice Award, GE Edison Challenge, 2011
Student Mentoring
  • Zeng Fan (ECE/CS), Jan 2015 - Aug 2015
  • Zeng Fan and Matthew Wawiorka (ECE), Sept 2015 - Dec 2015
  • Travis Leanna (ECE), Arup Arcalgud (ECE/CS) and Samantha Getting (ECE), Jan 2016 - May 2016
  • Sam Singer (ECE/CS), Alec Sivit (ECE/CS), Nicole Bugay (ECE), Ben Chylla (CS), Anna Lunes (ECE), Summer 2016
  • Alec Sivit, Sam Singer, Ben Chylla and Tavishi Gupta (ECE/CS), Sept. 2016 - Dec 2016
  • Alec Sivit and Travis Leanna, Jan 2017 - May 2017
Activities
  • Microgrid Field Work in India, Trip 1, Dec 2015 - Jan 2016 Photos
    First microgrid field trip to India. Part of a 3 member UW-Madison team led by Prof. Giri Venkataramanan to setup a microgrid at Center for Renewable and Sustainable Technologies (CREST), National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysuru, India. This was the first phase of the project which included activities such as electrical survey, equipment purchase, wiring and assembly, student education and installation of SEUP v2 monitoring and control equipment. Worked with a group of 30+ undergraduate students from NIE to integrate PV, wind, bio-diesel generator, micro-hydro turbine etc. into the microgrid. The long term goal here was to power the entire CREST building through a microgrid.
  • Undergraduate Summer Research on Microgrids, Summer 2016 Press Coverage
    Along with Prof. Giri, I mentored a group of six undergraduate students in the ECE/EE/CS from UW-Madison, Florida and Brazil. This was part of summer undergraduate research experiences program from NSF. The students worked on various components of microgrid such as hardware design, firmware development and cloud software design and development. Summer 2016 photo
  • Microgrid Field Work in India, Trip 2, July 2017 - Oct 2017 Photos
    Led a time of UW students for a complete revamp and upgrade of the Mysuru microgrid at CREST, NIE. The microgrid was upgraded with new design which included latest SEUP hardware, bus-bar enclosures, protective devices, e-stops, manual transfer switches and larger batteries to support the CREST building. We are able to power the entire office building on microgrid. The SEUP management platform was setup for remote monitoring/control and for student projects. This trip also included various tutorial sessions for students and hackathons.
  • International Bootcamp on Microgrid Management, Dec 2017 - Jan 2018 Photos
    Conducted a two week international bootcamp on microgrid management with attendees from India. This included tutorials on Python, Git and GitLab, project management etc. The core component of this workshop was the energy app deployment using SEUP platform. The attendees developed Python based energy management apps which can deployed on the SEUP platform.
  • Organized UW-Madison's First Energy Hackathon - EnerHacks April 2018 Press Coverage
Publications

[1] Manur Ashray, Giri Venkataramanan, and David Sehloff. "Simple electric utility platform: A hardware/software solution for operating emergent microgrids." Applied Energy 210 (2018): 748-763.

[2] Manur Ashray, and Giri Venkataramanan. "Wireless Sensor Network for DC/AC homegrids." Sustainable Green Buildings and Communities (SGBC), International Conference on. IEEE, 2016.

[3] Manur, Ashray, et al. "MEM: Energy management system for low voltage DC microgrids." Sustainable Green Buildings and Communities (SGBC), International Conference on. IEEE, 2016.

[4] Brooks, Adria E., Ashray Manur, and Giri Venkataramanan. "Energy modeling of aggregated community scale residential microgrids." Sustainable Green Buildings and Communities (SGBC), International Conference on. IEEE, 2016.