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Energy Systems Innovation Center

Director and Staff

Mani Venkatasubramanian

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Boeing Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering

Mani V. Venkatasubramanian is the Director of Energy Systems Innovation Center, and serves as the Boeing Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from India’s Birla Institute of Technology and Science and M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University, St. Louis.

Mani’s research expertise is in the area of power system dynamics with an emphasis on stability and control. This includes monitoring and control of oscillations and voltage collapse in power systems and analysis of complex nonlinear behavior in large power system models. Stability monitoring applications developed by his research group have been implemented in several power systems around the world. He holds several patents for real-time stability monitoring in power systems using synchronized wide-area measurements.

He has received more than $11 million in research funding. He has published 120 refereed journal and conference publications, and has coauthored a book on synchrophasor applications. He served as an invited member of the task teams that investigated the 1996 western American blackouts and the 2003 Northeastern blackout.

Jeannine Burke

Jeannine Burke

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Jeannine Burke is the Manager of the ESI Center and has been with WSU since 2000 – starting at ESIC in 2016 as the Grant Administrator.  The positions she has held during her time at WSU, have given her a well-rounded skill set for all areas of administration with an emphasis on budget and administrative management.  Prior to working at WSU, Jeannine spent 13 years working for Whitman County and within the private sector.  She has also managed her own successful business for over 30 years.  She enjoys the challenges involved in helping the Center continue to grow and succeed – but balances her work life with volunteering for various community events and charities as well as life with her husband on their small farm.

Darlene Miller

Darlene MillerResearch Administrator
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Darlene Miller joined the ESIC team in May 2017 as a pre-award grants administrator.  She has been with WSU for 30+ years working in various research units as well as central administration.  Darlene received her AA in Office Automation in 1985 then returned to Lewis Clark State College to earn her BA in Business Management.  She passionately assists faculty and graduate students with preparing budgets and assembling research proposals for submission as well as all aspects of post-award administration and accounts management while navigating institutional protocols.  In addition, Darlene performs all other duties as required that contribute to the growth and success of ESIC!  Outside of the office, she enjoys gardening, biking, hiking, baking, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with her beautiful granddaughter, Octavia.

Brenna Peever

Brenna PeeverUI-ASSIST Project Assistant
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Brenna Peever began her higher education through the Running Start program at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington, where she fell in love with calculus. After transferring to University of Idaho, she continued to study the beautiful disciplines of physics and mathematics, and contributed to research in the field of combinatorial geometry. Wishing to try something less abstract than her research, she found the position as a UI-ASSIST program assistant and applied.

When not doing math or scheduling meetings, she is generally making things out of fabric or yarn. Her favorite project, to date, is a reproduction 1859 ball gown made for an event at Historic Fort Steilacoom, which was completely sewn by hand. She also enjoys studying languages, and is currently trying to pick up a little Hindi.