Mitcham Costley
Mitcham H. Costley, Ph.D.
Associate
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Costley specializes in the areas of power system operation, control, and optimization. At Exponent, his work has included failure analysis of electrical power systems and machines, consumer electronic product failures, prototype system specification and design, and fire investigation.  Dr. Costley also has project management experience. At Exponent, he supported a director in a large utility during a revision of safety procedures, facilitating cooperation between multiple groups to achieve goals while providing regular updates to upper management. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Costley also provided project management for the first year of a $2 million R&D program, refining the scope and coordinating the efforts of 7 graduate students while communicating research results to both technical and non-technical program managers.

During his Ph.D. work at the Georgia Institute of Technology, he developed and implemented a novel algorithm for solving the generation unit commitment problem—a computationally challenging power plant scheduling problem—using a highly parallel computing architecture. During his research, Dr. Costley also worked with a system operator to test a software module for wholesale electricity market clearing, informing market engineering groups of its functionality and limitations. His other research experience includes design, assembly, and testing support of hardware and control software for three-phase power electronic inverters. He implemented the power inversion controls on an FPGA platform.

While pursuing his professional and research activities, Dr. Costley has gained experience in C/C++, Java, Python, MATLAB, and LabVIEW. He also has experience in using CPLEX to model and solve optimization and operations problems.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2015
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2009
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2008
  • James Campbell Renewable Energy Fellowship, 2013–2014

    Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Attendee, 2012

Publications

Feizollahi MJ, Costley M, Ahmed S, Grijalva S. Large-scale decentralized unit commitment. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems 2015 Dec; 73:97–106.

Presentations


Ainsworth N, Costley M, Thomas J, Jezierny M, Grijalva S. Versatile Autonomous Smartgrid Testbed (VAST): A flexible, reconfigurable testbed for research on autonomous control for critical electricity grids. North American Power Symposium (NAPS), September 11, 2012.

Grijalva S, Costley M, Ainsworth N. Prosumer-based control architecture for the future electricity grid. 2011 IEEE International Conference on Control Applications (CCA), pp. 43–48, Denver, CO, September 28–30, 2011.

Prior Experience

Research Assistant, ACES Lab, Georgia Tech, 2010–2015

Intern, Market Design & Delivery, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), 2013

Research Assistant, QUEST Lab, Georgia Tech, 2009–2010

Teaching Assistant, Capstone Course, ECE Department, Georgia Tech, 2009

Intern, Protection & Control Group, Georgia Power, 2008

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers—IEEE (member)

IEEE Power & Energy Society (member)

Eta Kappa Nu (member)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2015
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2009
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2008
  • James Campbell Renewable Energy Fellowship, 2013–2014

    Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Attendee, 2012