Construction Seminar: Sayanti Mukherjee

Start Date: 
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2029 GG Brown

Presenter: 
Sayanti Mukherjee - Purdue University

Quantifying and predicting the climate-induced demand shifts in the energy sector

The link between climate and end-use energy demand has been widely studied, but is still beset with a multitude of uncertainties. The projected climate change impacts, which will likely increase the frequency of weather and climate extremes, induce further uncertainties in the climate-energy demand relationships. Such uncertainties are also compounded by the emerging variations in socio-economic and policy factors. Thus, projecting the long-term trends in end-use energy demand becomes an increasingly complex endeavor. Inefficient and inadequate modeling combined with unanticipated shifts in climate-induced demand might instigate supply inadequacy risks in the energy sector. In addition, the existing energy-economy models used to characterize the long-term demand trends do not adequately account for climate variabilities and change, leading to under- / over- estimation of the long-term climate-induced effects in the utility policy analysis.

In this talk, I will present the key findings from my research that addressed some of the above-mentioned challenges and issues. I will provide an overview of our proposed data-driven algorithm-based research approach and show how this approach would help in effectively quantifying the complex climate-energy demand nexus. I will also present our results related to the end-use demand projections under climate change scenarios. These climate-energy models would help the utilities in better decision making and policy analysis associated with managing the risks of climate-induced demand shifts.


Sayanti Mukherjee is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, jointly affiliated as a Visiting Scholar with the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. She also holds a joint appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Construction Engineering and Management at Purdue University. Mukherjee’s postdoctoral research, that builds upon her Ph.D. work, is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Humans, Disasters and the Built Environment program. Her research interests are in the avenues of developing algorithms and risk-informed decision models to investigate the complex interplay between the human and socio-technical systems under the influence of various external stressors. Her current research projects focus on modeling the complex climate-energy demand nexus and studying the climatic shocks to the electric power grid, with a broader objective to ensure a resilient and sustainable energy infrastructure systems.

Mukherjee holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Economics from Purdue University. She has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University where she focused her research in developing econometric models and decision frameworks to study the risks of the transportation work zones. Prior to that, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management from Jadavpur University, India. Mukherjee has received multiple awards during her undergraduate and graduate studies of which the latest ones are the 2017 IEEE Xplore Best Paper Award and 2017 Jury Award for Best Paper from the PMI Project Management Research & Academic Conference. Mukherjee’s work has been covered by various news articles, and is published in several peer reviewed journals and conferences. Mukherjee is a part of the American Society of Civil Engineering, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, among others.

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