He is a staff scientist in the Computational Engineering Division at LLNL. He currently supports project acquisition and execution in the areas of building energy efficiency control optimization, power system simulation, and hybrid artificial intelligence and optimization control served as Principal Investigator. He was research scientist for energy system analysis at LBNL in Berkeley, CA, and the section manager for renewable energy investment, operation manager for power generation at Huaneng Power Group in Beijing, China. Dr. Qin received the B.S. M.S. and PhD degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Dalian Tech, Dalian, with emphasis on advanced control theory. He served as researcher for building energy automated control and power system operation for more than 20 years. His patent technology – commercial building optimization won the first Energy I-Corps of DOE in 2015. His areas of expertise include building energy modeling-simulation-optimization, power generation & transmission & Distribution optimization, smart grid, deep learning, complex system optimization, and optimization analytics for near-field.
Charlie is Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and the founding director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD), a joint Argonne-UChicago research center that brings scientists, artists, architects, technologists, and policy makers together to use computation, data analytics, and embedded system to understand the dynamics, design, and resilient operation of cities.
He is also a visiting artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Before joining Argonne in 2000, Charlie served as Chief Technology Officer of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Beginning at NCSA’s founding in 1985, he participated in the development of NSFNET, one of several early national networks that evolved into what we now experience as the Internet. During the exponential growth of the web following the release of NCSA’s Mosaic web browser, his team developed and supported NCSA’s scalable web server infrastructure. Chicago’s “Tech 50” technology leaders.
Dr. Mark C. Petri is the Director of Argonne’s Electric Power Grid Program. He is responsible for coordinating the laboratory’s large and multidisciplinary activities to improve the reliability, resiliency, security, and efficiency of the nation’s electric power grids. He also serves as a Vector Lead in Grid for Argonne’s National Security Programs. Petri recently led a multi-laboratory DOE effort to adapt power grid modeling tools to help Puerto Rico better prepare for future storms. This included training Puerto Rico grid analysts on Argonne’s hurricane hazard assessment software and infrastructure interdependency tools that are used extensively on the mainland to train operators on postulated disasters and to respond to actual events.
Prior to rejoining Argonne, Petri was Director of the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence that conducts research and education to enhance the resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructures. He was also Director of the Iowa Energy Center, which supports economic development, environmental sustainability, and social well-being in Iowa through energy innovation, education, and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Ralph T. Muehleisen is the Principal Building Scientist, the Building Energy Decision and Technology Research (BEDTR) Group leader, and the Urban Science and Engineering Program lead for Argonne’s Energy Systems division. At Argonne, Dr. Muehleisen leads research to increase the energy efficiency and resiliency of the built environment while improving the quality of life and return on investment for citizens. His projects include urban science and engineering, stochastic building energy modeling, reduced order building energy modeling, risk analysis of building energy retrofits, Bayesian Calibration methods for building energy models, agent based models for understanding adoption of retrofit technologies, smart building/smart grid integration, and the development of new energy efficient and diagnostic technologies buildings. Dr. Muehleisen is the author of over 180publications and presentations, and is a frequent invited speaker in the areas of urban science and engineering, building energy modeling, architectural acoustics and noise control.
Vladimir Koritarov is the Manager of the CEESA Power Systems group in Argonne National Laboratory’s Energy Systems division. The group provides analytical services on strategic energy and environmental issues to government agencies, international organizations, and private institutions around the world. He is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC). Koritarov has over 30 years of experience in the analysis and modeling of electric and energy systems in domestic and international applications. Currently, he serves as Argonne’s Program Manager for Water Power Program, which includes hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic technologies.
Most recently, Koritarov has been working on the development of new agent-based modeling approaches for the simulation of energy and electricity markets, and applying advanced simulation methods to study the role and possible evolution of non-conventional energy resources, such as renewable generation and energy storage.
He is a principal mechanical engineer and manager of Fuels, Engine, and Aftertreatment Research at Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Transportation Research. In this role, he and his team plan, analyze, and execute powertrain and combustion research projects in light-duty, heavy-duty, and non-road applications, including marine and UAV, and employing a range of fuels, including gasoline, diesel, hydrogen and natural gas, and alcohols. Much of the work involves close collaboration with major manufacturers in these market segments.
He is a staff scientist and facility director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Molecular Foundry leading research in thermoelectrics and hydrogen storage. His research focuses on the materials and physics of mass, heat, and charge transport in complex hybrid nanomaterials. His expertise is developing new materials and measurement tools for solid-state energy storage and conversion applications; investigating transport at the organic-inorganic interface; and identifying energy efficient desalination methods.
As the Chemical Sciences Division director of Strategic Initiatives and Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) deputy director, she leads technical research and development program design and management, both foundational and applied, in semiconductor and energy science and technology arenas. She is broadly experienced in characterization of complex materials systems using solid state and gas phase methods and modeling of materials transformations, as well as process innovation, development, and root cause analysis, particularly for nanoscale modifications. Prior to joining Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she managed materials development for the startup InVisage Technologies and handled materials research, business planning, and research alliances at IBM’s Almaden Research Center.
She has expertise in adaptive and optimal control, multi-agent systems, artificial intelligence and methods of distributed optimization with strong building and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system control application experience. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, she is responsible for development of advanced control technologies applicable to buildings and HVAC systems, power grid controls, and building to grid interaction.
During his 30-year employment with Battelle, he contributed as an engineer, principal investigator, and project/program manager for projects supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and co-led Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) internal initiative in Micro- and Meso-channel Process Technology (MMPT). The advantages of MMPT are especially recognized in the chemical engineering profession and led to an international conference (The International Microreaction Technology [IMRET] Conference), which is held on a regular basis on alternating continents. He was one of the original organizers of this conference. He is a Battelle Distinguished Inventor, holding 175 patents (34 U.S. and 141 foreign) with others still pending. His MMPT work received three R&D 100 Awards, including one in 2014 for the Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System (STARS). Also, he was part of a team that received the 2001 National Laboratory Fuel Cell R&D Award from DOE. This body of work led to the development of multiple spin-off companies and the establishment of the joint PNNL-Oregon State University Microproducts Breakthrough Institute in Corvallis, Oregon. He is currently leading efforts at Battelle to develop solar thermochemical hardware and systems that use solar energy to drive moderate- to high-temperature endothermic chemical reactions. Most recently, under his direction, PNNL has advanced the STARS technology to Technology Readiness Level 5 with on-sun demonstrations achieving a peak solar to chemical energy conversion efficiency of 69%, a world record.
He has over 30 years of experience in the materials science field. Since joining Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 1993, his work focused primarily on the development and characterization of electrical ceramic materials and the development of fabrication techniques for devices based on those materials, including solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and gas separation membranes. At present, his primary responsibility is leadership of PNNL’s SOFC materials development activities. In this role, he directs work in several areas, including cathode and anode materials, alloy interconnect materials, protective coatings for alloy interconnects, contact and sealing materials for SOFC stacks, and cost-effective cell fabrication techniques.
His research group and he have developed novel in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy technique to study cathode and anode materials for batteries using synchrotron radiation. Through publications and presentations, the outstanding results obtained by the group have attracted great attention from both academic and industry communities. His collaborators include the Osaka National Research Institute and Fuji Chemical Co. in Japan, the University Bordeaux in France, the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, Argonne National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, General Motors, and Dow Chemical Inc. He received a doctorate in physics from University of Florida.