Dr Ratnam leads a research group in Power Systems & Optimization that focuses on both the theoretical and practical aspects of controlling renewable and distributed energy sources within power grids. Her overarching research thrust is to accelerate the energy transition and create a carbon-neutral power grid.
Dr Ratnam earned the BEng (Hons I) degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006, and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 2016, from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She subsequently held postdoctoral research positions with the Center for Energy Research at the University of California San Diego, and at the University of California Berkeley in the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE). During 2001–2012 she held various positions at Ausgrid, a utility that operates one of the largest electricity distribution networks in Australia. Dr Ratnam currently holds a Future Engineering Research Leader (FERL) Fellowship at ANU and is a Senior Lecturer in the ANU School of Engineering. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.
ENGN 3223/6223 Control Systems 2019, 2020
ENGN 8625 Advanced Power Systems 2020
ENGN 3300 Engineering Design 4A: Systems Approaches for Management 2021
Power systems, distribution networks, microgrids, battery storage integration, microPMUs, control and optimization
Senior Member IEEE, Fellow Engineers Australia
2019, 2020 HDR Convenor Energy
2019 School Review Committee
2021 Sub Dean - Educational Programs in CECS ANU
Australian Research Council - Linkage Project LP210200473 (2021-2024)
Building Australia's Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Infrastructure, $481,767 - Lead CI
CI Team: Dr Guodong Shi, Professor Ian Petersen, Dr Andrew Mears, Dr Abhishek Bhardwaj
Project Partner: SwitchDin
Australian Research Council - Discovery Project DP220101035 (2021-2024)
Democratisation of Deep Learning: Neural Architecture Search at Low Cost, $390,000 - Co CI
CI Team: Prof Saman Halgamuge (Lead CI), Professor Ponnuthurai Suganthan, Dr Julian de Hoog
Global Research Partnerships scheme (2019-2023)
Supporting travel to and from ANU to UC Berkeley – lead CI.
Project partners include UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and industry partner Helia.
Global Connection Fund - Bridging Grant (2018-2019)
Streaming Big Data Analytics for the Smart Grid
2018-2019 Partner: PingThings
Phasor-Based Control for Scalable Solar PV (2017-2020)
With CIEE at the University of California Berkeley, and Partners LBNL, Opal-RT, Gridbright, PingThings, PG&E