Amanda Wachtel


Amanda Wachtel

Senior Member of Technical Staff

Contact Information

Amanda Wachtel / 505-844-1962


Amanda Wachtel is a Senior Analyst in the Mathematical Analysis and Decision Sciences Department at Sandia National Laboratories. Her primary research areas include resilience, system-of-systems modeling and simulation, and developing computational capabilities for DoD, DOE, defense energy, and community applications. She developed the initial prototype of the Resilient Node Cluster Analysis Tool (ReNCAT) to assess critical infrastructure within cities and find dense areas of buildings capable of providing services during grid outages, and is now the lead analyst for the tool. ReNCAT is being used to help areas such as New Orleans and Puerto Rico identify potential locations for microgrids and backup generation to increase resilience. Amanda was recently awarded Sandia’s Up and Coming Innovator award.


  • Masters of Science in Computation for Design and Optimization, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, The University of Alabama

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Key Publications

  • Jeffers, Robert, PhD; Wachtel, Amanda M; Zhivov, Alexander M, PhD; Thompson, Calum B, PE; Srivastava, Avinash; et al “Integration of Resilience Goals into Energy Master Planning Framework for Communities.” ASHRAE Transactions; Atlanta Vol. 126, (2020)
  • Shandiz, Saeid Charani, Greg Foliente, Behzad Rismanchi, Amanda Wachtel, and Robert F. Jeffers. “Resilience framework and metrics for energy master planning of communities.” Energy (2020): 117856.
  • Jeffers, Robert Fredric, Amanda Wachtel, Alexander Zhivov, Calum Thompson, Avinash Srivastava, Patrick Daniels. “Integration of Resilience Goals into Energy Master Planning Framework for Communities.” ASHRAE (2020). In Press.
  • Jeffers, Robert Fredric, Andrea Staid, Michael J. Baca, Frank M. Currie, William Ernest Fogleman, Sean DeRosa, Amanda Wachtel, and Alexander V. Outkin. Analysis of Microgrid Locations Benefitting Community Resilience for Puerto Rico. No. SAND2018-11145. Sandia National Lab.(SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States), 2018.
  • Wachtel, Amanda, Robert Jeffers, Craig Lawton. Overview of Resilience Planning Framework. No. SAND2018-10895PE. Sandia National Lab.(SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States), 2018.