Praveen Bains is currently a Research Assistant working with Dr. Niall Mac Dowell within the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London. Ms. Bains joined Imperial in October of 2017. She is currently working with her colleague, Clara Heuberger, to model the UK's electricity system with high spatial as well as temporal resolution. Specifically, they explore power system capacity expansion, with a focus on low-carbon energy futures. Their work has garnered positive feedback, with Ms. Bains winning a poster presentation award at the UKCCSRC biannual meeting in March 2018.
Prior to Imperial, Ms. Bains spent a year as an ORISE Fellow working for the Office of Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C. Her work there involved creating geospatial information system (GIS) tools to explore carbon capture opportunities across the U.S. Additionally, she explored how different facets of the U.S. DOE can come together to work on integrated energy systems, sparking her interest in working on energy from a whole-systems perspective.
Before her fellowship at the U.S. DOE, Ms. Bains worked as a graduate student for Dr. Jennifer Wilcox in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. Her M.S. thesis focused on locating the lowest cost opportunities for industrial carbon capture across the continental U.S.using geospatial analysis and a survey of the top industrial emitters of CO2.
Ms. Bains has a Masters of Science from the department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. She also holds a Bachelors of Science and Engineering (BSE) in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where she minored in Energy and Sustainability.
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