Matthew Mahalik

Software Developer
- Decision and Information Sciences

Matthew Mahalik’s work focuses on the design, implementation and application of computer modeling tools which are used extensively by Argonne and other domestic and international organizations for energy, economic, and environmental applications ranging from real-time operations to long-term planning and analysis.

Mahalik’s models are used in real time to optimize the marketing of Central Valley Project facilities in California and for near-term firm power purchase decisions for the Western Area Power Administration’s (Western) Colorado River Storage Project Office. He has conducted hydropower systems analyses for both Western and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, including economic evaluations of hydropower resources at the Glen Canyon Dam (AZ), Flaming Gorge Dam (UT), the Aspinall Cascade (CO) and the Central Valley Project (CO), as well as analyses in support of several environmental impact statements.

For the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), he performed analyses of the effects of plug-in and electric vehicle adoption on the operation of the electric power system across several areas of the U.S., and investigated the potential transition to a hydrogen-based personal transportation economy. Currently, he is developing a new tool for DOE to optimize hydropower day-ahead scheduling and real-time operations as part of the integrated Water Use Optimization Toolset project.

Publications and Patents

  • Software copyright, GTMax – Generation and Transmission Maximization Model
  • Software copyright, EMCAS – Electricity Market Complex Adaptive System
  • Mahalik, M., T. Veselka, A. Mahajan, and F. T. Bui. Application of a New Tool to Optimize Hydropower Day-Ahead Scheduling and Real-Time Operations. Proceedings of HydroVision International 2012, Louisville, KY, July 2012, Awarded First Place for Technical Paper of the Year in Project Management and Operations.
  • Gasper, J., J. Hayse, M. Mahalik, S. Saha, T. Veselka, J. Barco, A. Bier, T. Lowry, M. Wigmosta, and B. Smith. Water-Use Optimization Project: Development and Demonstration of Advanced Hydropower Planning and Operational Decision Tools. Proceedings of HydroVision International 2012, Louisville, KY, July 2012.
  • Elgowainy, A., Y. Zhou, A. Vyas, M. Mahalik, D. Santini, and M. Wang. Impacts of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Charging Choices in 2030. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2287, 2012.
  • Veselka, T., M. Mahalik, and J. Henn. A New Tool to Optimize Hydropower Day-Ahead Scheduling and Real-Time Operation. Proceedings of HydroVision International 2011, Sacramento, CA, July 2011.
  • Elgowainy, A., J. Han, L. Poch, M. Wang, A. Vyas, M. Mahalik and A. Rousseau. Well-to-Wheels Analysis of Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles. Report ANL/ESD/10-1, Argonne National Laboratory, 2010.
  • Mahalik, M., and C. Stephan. Analysis of Combined Hydrogen, Heat, and Power as a Bridge to a Hydrogen Transition. Report ANL/DIS-10-15, Argonne National Laboratory, 2010.
  • Mahalik, M., L. Poch, A. Botterud, and A. Vyas. Impacts of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles on the Electric Power System in Illinois. Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Innovative Technologies for an Efficient and Reliable Electricity Supply, Waltham, MA, September 2010.
  • Poch, L., M. Mahalik, J. Wang and A. Vyas. Impacts of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles on the Electric Power System in the Western United States. Invited paper presented at the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, July 2010.
  • Martinez-Moyano, I. J., M. Mahalik, D. Graziano, and G. Conzelmann. Developing an Agent-based Model of the U.S. Commercial Buildings Sector: Literature Review. Report prepared for DOE, April 2010.
  • Mahalik, M., C. Stephan, G. Conzelmann, M. Mintz, G. Tolley, and D. Jones. Modeling Investment Strategies in the Transition to a Hydrogen Transportation Economy. Proceedings of the NHA Annual Hydrogen Conference and Hydrogen Expo, Columbia, SC, March 2009.
  • Conzelmann, G., V. Koritarov, M. Mahalik, L. Poch, T. Veselka, and J. Wang. Lake Powell Pipeline Evaluation, Subtask: WECC Electricity Price Projections 2020-2060. Argonne National Laboratory Report, August 2008.
  • Botterud, A., M. Mahalik, G. Conzelmann, R. F. Silva, S. Vilela, and R. Pereira. Multi-Agent Simulation of Generation Capacity Expansion Decisions. Proceedings of the International Conference on the European Electricity Market, Lisbon, Portugal, May 2008.
  • Mahalik, M., G. Conzelmann, C. Stephan, M. Mintz, and T. Veselka. Transition to Hydrogen-based Transportation. Proceedings of the AGENT 2007 Conference on Complex Interaction and Social Emergence, Evanston, IL, November 2007.
  • Stephan, C., M. Mahalik, and T. Veselka. Modeling the Transition to a Hydrogen-based Personal Transportation System. Proceedings of the Conference Frontiers in Transportation; Social Interactions, Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 2007.
  • Botterud, A., M. Mahalik, T. Veselka, H.S. Ryu, and K.W. Sohn. Multi-Agent Simulation of Generation Expansion in Electricity Markets. Proceedings of the IEEE 2007 Power Engineering Society General Meeting, Tampa, FL, June 2007.
  • Conzelmann, G., Botterud, A., Koritarov, V.K., Mahalik, M., and T.D. Veselka. Long-Term Power System Expansion Analysis Using Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation. 25th North American Conference of the USAEE/IAEE: Fueling the Future: Prices, Productivity, Policies, and Prophesies, Denver, CO, September 2005.
  • Veselka T.D., and M. Mahalik. CRSP Basin-Wide Economic Evaluation Methodology: Modeling Flaming Gorge and Downstream River Flows. Report to the Bureau of Reclamation, March 2004.
  • Veselka T.D., O.B. Schoepfle, and M. Mahalik. Modeling the Aspinall Cascade for the Basin-Wide Economic Benefits Study. Report to the Bureau of Reclamation, June 2003.
  • Veselka T.D., E. Ekstrand, M. Mahalik and M.S. Ongenae. Power System Analysis of the Flaming Gorge Environmental Impact Statement. Report to the Bureau of Reclamation, May 2002.