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.
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.
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.
Guenter Conzelmann is Manager of the Advanced Grid Modeling group in Argonne National Laboratory’s Energy Systems division. His research focuses on the development and application of modeling and simulation tools to study strategic energy and power sector issues, including renewable energy integration, smart grid and microgrid implementation, advanced grid modeling, and energy sector resilience. He is a senior fellow with the EPIC Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and an adjunct faculty member with the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Mr. Conzelmann is also the author or co-author of numerous publications, including journal articles, book contributions, conference papers, and sponsor reports in the energy and power systems field. He is frequently invited to speak on these subjects at conferences, workshops, and training courses around the world.
Audun Botterud is an Energy Systems Engineer in the Center for Energy, Environmental and Economic Systems Analysis. His research focuses on modeling and analysis of electricity markets and power systems, using a variety of mathematical optimization and simulation methods. He is particularly interested in decision making under uncertainty as it pertains to the planning and operation of power and energy systems.
After joining Argonne in 2005, Botterud contributed to the development of the Electricity Market Complex Adaptive System (EMCAS) model and agent-based simulator of restructured electricity markets. More recently, his work has focused on challenges related to the integration of renewable energy (wind and solar) into the electric power grid. He led a project on improved wind power forecasting and better use of forecasts in electricity markets.
Previous to his tenure at Argonne, Botterud was part of SINTEF Energy Research in Trondheim, Norway. At SINTEF, he developed optimization tools for hydropower scheduling and reservoir management, and conducted studies of the Nordic electricity market. Some of his Ph.D. studies were performed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Joseph H. Eto, senior advisor to LBNL's Electricity Markets and Policy Group and strategic advisor for LBNL's Energy Storage and Demand Resources Department. He leads the program office for the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions, a national laboratory-university-industry R&D consortium founded by LBNL, ORNL, PNNL, SNL, PSERC, and the Electric Power Group that conducts research and analysis on electricity reliability and transmission.
Joe is a published expert on electricity reliability, transmission planning and operations, demand response, distributed generation, utility integrated resource planning and demand-side management, and building energy-efficiency technologies. Among other special assignments, Joe led coordination of technical support for preparation of all three DOE National Electric Transmission Congestion Studies (2006, 2009, 2015). He is a registered professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California.
David Chassin is a staff scientist in the Grid Integration Systems and Mobility (GISMo) group at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, which is operated by Stanford University. Before joining SLAC, he was a staff scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) where he worked since 1992. He has led the development of building energy modeling, control and diagnostic systems, including Softdesk Energy and DOE's Whole Building Diagnostician. He designed the Olympic Peninsula and Northeast Columbus retail real-time pricing systems. He managed the development of GridLAB-D™, an open source smart grid simulation built by PNNL for the US Department of Energy. He was a member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council's (WECC) Market Integration Committee and the North American Electricity Reliability Corporation (NERC) Load Forecasting Work Group. He contributes to the NERC Load Modeling Task Force development of the composite load model data. He currently leads projects for the California Energy Commission, including OpenFIDO, an open framework for utility data exchange and HiPAS, a high-performance version of GridLAB-D. His current research is focused on the control and dispatch of fast-acting demand response, retail real-time demand dispatch using prices, and transactive control theory. He has been awarded 20 US patents in building energy system diagnostics, grid-friendly appliance controls and transactive control systems and has published over 140 articles, papers and technical reports.
Kristina LaCommare is a Program Manager in the Electricity Markets and Policy group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She works with multiple groups in the Energy Technologies Area and her research explores trends in electricity reliability in the U.S., how regulators and policymakers should be thinking about valuing the economics associated with resilience events, and ways to improve reporting of reliability metrics by utilities to improve regional and national assessments. Her research also explores the economic value of power interruptions in the U.S.
She is a senior scientist, director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, and director of the Demand Response Research Center conducting research related to demand-response load control, open standards, building energy use, sensors, controls, information systems, simulation, and end-use analysis. She is the lead principal investigator for OpenADR automated demand response technology, the most prominent open standard for communication between electricity providers and customers, used by more than 5,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers across 10 countries. She has authored over 170 papers on efficiency and demand response.
Dr. Sean Peisert is jointly appointed as a staff scientist at LBNL, chief cybersecurity strategist at CENIC, and director of the CENIC/ESnet joint cybersecurity initiative. His research interests cover a broad cross-section of computer and network security. Recent projects include intrusion detection for control systems in smart/power grids, techniques for insider threat identification and mitigation, and security in high-performance computing and networking environments.
Sean is also an associate adjunct professor and faculty member in the Graduate Groups in Computer Science, Forensic Science, and Health Informatics at the University of California, Davis. Prior to roles at LBNL and CENIC, Sean was an I3P Research Fellow and computer security researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).
Daniel is a research scientist in the Grid Integration Group at LBNL focusing on the application of control, optimization, and machine learning techniques for electric grid management and cyber security. Daniel received his Ph.D. from the Mechanical Engineering Dept. at the University of California, Berkeley and was a 2015 ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow at LBNL. Prior to his work at LBNL, Daniel conducted research and development of unmanned underwater vehicles for the United States Navy at the Space and Naval Warfare Center in San Diego.
He completed his academic education at the University of Genoa in Genoa, Italy (bachelor’s and master’s in electronics engineering and a doctorate in electrical engineering) then awarded a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) fellowship for a post-doctoral appointment at the University of California at Berkeley in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He conducted research in support of the U.S. Department of Energy fusion program starting at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and at Science Application International Corporation, involved in modeling and simulation and high-performance computing. He then worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center in the Shuttle, Constellation, and International Space Station programs focusing on both hardware and software research and development (R&D) in plasma propulsion, electromagnetic compatibility, and space power systems. During that time, he also developed academic liaisons at University of Houston - Clear Lake as an adjunct professor then research assistant professor in the Physics Department. He also served as a project manager at the Electric Power Research Institute in the Power Delivery and Utilization sector, and as chief scientist at NPL Associates Inc., a small firm focused in plasma and nuclear technologies. More recently, he joined the senior R&D staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division.
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